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Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 18 March 1988 (USA)
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 <seblog@maya.dei.unipd.it>

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Assignment: Miami Beach. Objective: Laughs. See more »


Comedy | Crime


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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Police Academy V  »

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$19,510,371 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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(At around six minutes) Two of the officers' names mentioned by Commandant Lassard during the graduation ceremony are Bill Baker and Carla Brand Breitner; the First and Second Assistant Directors of this movie. See more »


(at around 18 mins) When golf balls continually fall out of Commandant Lassard's golf bag, there are many people who slip and fall because of them. Two of the actors who fall had no golf balls anywhere near them when they performed their pratfalls. See more »


[Captain Harris, with the word Dork burned into his chest, approaches a bar where Cmndt. Lassard, Chief Hurst, Chief Murdock, and the Mayor of Miami are seated]
Capt. Thaddeus Harris: Oh Mr. Mayor, excuse me sir. I don't mean to insult your city, but the people on this beach are very rude and hostile.
Mayor of Miami: Well, I'm sorry to hear that... Captain Dork!
[the gentlemen at the bar break down in laughter, and Harris finally realizes what has been burned on to his chest]
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26 June 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

Alas, most of the funny actors have moved on and as a result this instalment of the ongoing 'Police Academy' saga is almost poignant in its attempts to wring laughs from a cast largely made up of actors with no talent for comedy, and in some cases, acting in general. Not that it makes a massive difference to the laugh count: in the first of his two scripts for the series, writer Stephen J. Curwick takes the novel approach of including hardly any gags, which oddly enough works rather well, as the irritation of watching laboured set-ups lead to nonexistent pay-offs has vanished.

To be fair, there are a few bits that work: a cheap but funny farting-in-a-lift gag; Lassard getting kidnapped and helping his abductors because he thinks it's all a prank; and a 'Jaws' spoof in which Tackleberry scares the shark away by threatening it with a gun ('Cease and desist, mister!'). G.W. Bailey runs through the usual Harris shtick - pratfalls, practical jokes - and he's watchable, as always, but has virtually nothing to play with. The other regulars do very little. In fact the entire cast does very little, but somehow the movie last 85 charmless minutes.

All the conventions are in place: the Mahoney-like new recruit, bland love interest, tedious chase finale, slapstick directed with all the panache of a corporate video. It's all very predictable and unfunny and uninspired but painlessly bland, with none of the offensive humour of the others, and before it was even over it had merged in my memory with the other films to form an amorphous 'Police Academy' blob.

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