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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  28 June 1991 (USA)
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Lieutenant Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend's new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy.

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Lt. Frank Drebbin returns to save the day once again. This time he's out to foil the "big boys" in the energy business. A top scientist (Dr Mainheimer) is about to publish his report on energy supply for the future. Things don't look good for the traditional suppliers; oil, coal and nuclear. To save their industries, the suppliers kidnap Mainheimer and replace him with a decoy with a more favourable report. Jane, the Dr's secretary, is Drebbin's old flame; they're passionate love affair is thus rekindled. Written by Rob Hartill

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28 June 1991 (USA)  »

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The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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$86,930,411 (USA)
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The atomic device that Frank (Leslie Nielsen) trips over towards the end of the movie is the same device used in the 1964 James Bond Movie "Goldfinger" See more »

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Anabell Brumford is introduced as Washington D.C.'s police commissioner, with the rank of Captain. The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.'s police force) doesn't have a commissioner and is headed by a Chief of Police. Captain is usually in the middle of the rank structure of American police departments, including Washington D.C.'s. See more »

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[Lt. Frank Drebin is unhappy about Dr. Mainheimer]
Lt. Frank Drebin: Have you noticed anything different about him?
Jane Spencer: Well, only that he's a foot taller, and he seems to be left handed now... Frank, what are you trying to tell me? That Quentin has somehow found an exact double for Dr. Mainheimer and that tomorrow that double will give a fraudulent report to the president?
Lt. Frank Drebin: Why that's brilliant, that's a lot better than what I came up with.
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7 September 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

The first "Naked Gun" movie is one of the best spoofs of all time. I'm not a huge fan of the genre but even I think it's incredibly, side-splittingly outrageous - this last time I saw it I laughed so hard I cried.

The sequels of course were intended to cash in on the surprise success of the original (which was based on the ZAZ trio's failed TV show, "Police Squad," hence the subtitle on the film). For the most part, both sequels were entertaining and funny. Although it's nowhere near as good as the original, "Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" is a worthy continuation of the epic saga (just kidding about the epic bit) - all in all it's just good fun.

Leslie Nielsen returns as Lt. Frank Drebin, this time out to foil the plans of a mad industrialist (Robert Goulet). It seems a respected doctor has found a new method of preserving earth's natural resources and foregoing oils, gasoline, and other elements. Fearing financial bankruptcy, the companies kidnap the doctor and replace him with an identical "clone" of sorts, so the truth cannot come out.

However, the doctor's assistant is Frank's old flame (played by Priscilla Presley). Frank looks into the case while rekindling a relationship with the woman of his dreams.

David Zucker returned to direct this film with the help of brother Jerry and pal Jim Abrahams. If I recall correctly, the third film was not made by them, so it's interesting to see them tackling a sequel to a film of theirs - something they don't usually do (they also passed on "Airplane 2").

For the most part this film is quite funny and has some really good gags, but it's also littered with some mediocre ones, as many spoofs of these sorts are.

Nielsen is still hilarious as Drebin and all around him act simply to accommodate his talents. George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson also return to their roles.

If you enjoyed the first film, chances are you'll also enjoy this. Basically it's in the same vein of the first film and delivers a good range of slapstick gags, some of which will have you in a fit. But you won't be gasping for breath like you did when you saw the first "Naked Gun" movie.


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