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Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  18 March 1988 (USA)
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The old Commandant Lassard, leader of the Police Academy (1984), goes to Florida to receive an award. In the city arrives also the cynic Captain Harris who wants to take Lassard's job. ... See full summary »



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The old Commandant Lassard, leader of the Police Academy (1984), goes to Florida to receive an award. In the city arrives also the cynic Captain Harris who wants to take Lassard's job. Harris wants to place himself in a favourable light in front of the high military hierarchy but, at the airport, Lassard exchanges his bag with another one... Written by Tognacci Sebastiano <>

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Captain Harris is about to lose his trouser and his mind in Miami! See more »


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Release Date:

18 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Academia de Polícia 5: Missão em Miami  »

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$19,510,371 (USA)

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The book that Captain Harris is seen holding whilst "congratulating" Commandant Lassard on his mandatory retirement is a hardback copy of "3 Cheers for Me", the first novel in the Bandy Papers series written by Donald Jack. See more »


As the criminals are plotting to find the commandant you can see one of the henchman eating an actual powder donut in his left hand. When he moves back into his seat he reveals the prop donut in his right hand. See more »


Capt. Thaddeus Harris: Some dickhead is standing in my sun!
Sgt. Nick Lassard: Oh, Captain Harris! Hey, I didn't see you there. You know, I don't think we've been introduced. My name is Nick...
Capt. Thaddeus Harris: I don't care who you are, buttwipe. Just get out of my sun!
Sgt. Nick Lassard: Buttwipe?
Capt. Thaddeus Harris: Scram, sleazeball!
Sgt. Nick Lassard: Okay, fine.
Sgt. Nick Lassard: Buttwipe, huh? Never heard that before.
Lt. Proctor: That was great, Sir!
Capt. Thaddeus Harris: Proctor?
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Even Guttenberg had the sense to leave this one...and if Guttenberg says "no" to a movie, that's pretty bad, folks...
24 October 2003 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

There is slapstick, and then there is *slapstick*. "Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach" falls into the latter category. This is slapstick worse than the likes of "Mr. Magoo." This is slapstick antics taken to a whole new level -- a level of utter chaotic mess. The Three Stooges would blush at this. But at least the Stooges were funny. The bumbling cops of "Police Academy" are, very unfortunately, not.

Steve Guttenberg has, by this time, finally come to the over-due conclusion that the series is going nowhere, and so he has left the ongoing string of sequels to enter into fresher territory -- by appearing not very many years later in joyless remakes of older films ("It Takes Two," a.k.a. "The Parent Trap 4"), and recycled underdog stories ("The Big Green"). When is your big break gonna come, Steve? Oh, wait, it did, and it was your first film ("Diner), and you blew it by appearing in this schmaltz.

The rest of the inept "cops" from the first four (*gulp*) films have returned here to wreak havoc on all that remains unspoofed by the series. Finally realizing that the police officer's daily routine gags are no longer fair ground for comedy, the filmmakers have moved the series to Miami Beach, land of ample spoofing and lampooning! Er, not for these guys. As the police of the film can never seem to do anything right, the series itself can never seem to be funny.

The plot involves Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) being called to Miami to receive a special lifetime achievment award of some sort (the biggest plot hole being, of course, that he does not deserve it at all after the many disasters instilled by him in the predecessors. Would you give a major award to a man incapable of holding onto his luggage? I don't think so.)

And so Commandant Lassard does, of course, lose his luggage in the airport. (The awful joke I wrote above comes into play, here!) But instead of just losing his luggage at the airport, he accidentally picks up a similar briefcase belonging to a band of jewel thieves -- and they're pretty eager on getting their stash of diamonds returned to them.

Commandant Lassard is kidnapped and the doofus cops from the previous entries (save Guttenberg's Carey Mahoney and Bobcat Goldthwait's missing Zed) embark on a mission to save him. This mission comes to an embarrassingly unfunny and ridiculous climax involving alligator puppets and a fat man. Don't ask.

"Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach" proves that everything is ample ground for comedy -- Florida, jewel thieves, fat men, and alligators. But who cares? What is the point? The fact that anything and everything is open to spoofing has been established before by other rude (and so much better) comedies like "Animal House." (Or any National Lampoon film, for that matter.) I've seen funnier documentaries than this mess. I admit I laughed once -- once, mind you -- but not really at anything I was supposed to laugh at. I laughed at the sheer stupidity of one or two things, and not simply because they were funny, but because they were supposed to be funny, and they weren't -- at all. And I laughed at George Gaynes in one scene. There, I said it. But that does not reserve my harsh rating on the film.

Is there any hesitation to say "no" to endless sequels in Hollywood anymore? Is the thought of quality ever measured over quantity anymore? Obviously not. If anything, the entire "Police Academy" series just stands as a landmark reminder that Hollywood has been taken over by ruthless film executives who want nothing but money.

As for the "Police Academy" films themselves? It was Forrest Gump who once said, "Stupid is as stupid does." Ain't that the truth.

0/5 stars.

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