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 »
A string of business robberies have taken place in the city's Wilson Heights neighborhood, all done by the same three crooks. Captain Thaddeus Harris is no longer in the same precinct with a certain group of cops that he doesn't like. That's why Harris is so happy to be in the Wilson Heights precinct. But then The Mayor tells Harris that business in the city is plummeting because of the robberies. Since there appears to be a leak in Harris's precinct, the Governor has sent in a team to stop the Wilson Heights gang. Much to Harris's dismay, the team is led by Commandant Eric Lassard, so Harris knows who the team members are -- exactly the cops that he doesn't like. The team members are Nick Lassard, Moses Hightower, Eugene Tackleberry, Larvell Jones, Debbie Callahan, Laverne Hooks, and Douglas Fackler. The stakes are raised when Commandant Lassard is accused of being the mastermind behind the robberies, and the team must clear his name. Written by
Hightower, you couldn't have summed it up more perfectly
As has been said before in my reviews for the previous five 'Police Academy' films, the best of the 'Police Academy' films will always be the original by quite some way. It isn't great and will never be a favourite comedy or overall film of mine, but it clearly knew what it wanted to be so it was easy to take it for what it was and what it set out to do.
It was followed by six sequels, and none of them were as good or even on the same level as the first, though admittedly some are worse than others. Most of them are actually being pretty bad or worse and lose what was enjoyable about the original in the first place. While it was with the fourth film where things properly got particularly stale, it was from the fifth film where finding redeeming qualities proved to be difficult.
'Police Academy 6' is one of the series' worst, with very little to recommend and almost completely laughter-free. It is just saved from unsalvageable doom by Michael Winslow, Bubba Smith and George Gaynes giving their all, with the best moments provided with Winslow's admittedly one-joke but wry-smile-worthy imitations and noises and the best line being Hightower's wonderfully apt line about bad jokes being where he drew the line.
The rest of the acting really isn't good, with the rest of the regulars struggling to bring any freshness to basically one-joke and ridiculously lame-brained characters or having very little to do (especially Leslie Easterbrook and Marion Ramsey reduced to just looking alluring, while GW Bailey is pretty much wasted this time). Matt McCoy is a hopelessly bland and unbearably wooden lead, couldn't have been a worse substitute for Steve Guttenberg. The villain is neither fun or threatening (as bad as the fifth film was, Rene Auberjonois actually at least livened things up if only a little) and Kenneth Mars is basically a cartoon.
Bigger letdowns are the writing and story. There is in 'Police Academy 6' some truly infantile writing, that swaps genuine hilarity, wit and cleverness for mean-spirit, low-brow smut and juvenile vulgarity. It was the case in the previous sequels too, but not to this extent and they still raised a couple of chuckles, something that this film completely struggled, in all but maybe two times (and even with them the series has been much funnier), to do. The characters are one-joke ones with the joke stretched to not just staleness but breaking point, and are so bumbling and dumb it insults the intelligence. This is even when you know what to expect.
Story wise, the series just gets lazier with each sequel. The premise was stale by the fourth film but now it is a case of an increasingly thin and repetitive premise stretched to breaking point.
There is no energy, the film is ineptly directed, the music is forgettable at best and even with trying to include a few noir-ish elements the whole film looks cheap.
Overall, even more of a mess than the previous film. 2/10 Bethany Cox
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