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

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Commissioner Anabell Brumford
Anthony James ...
Lloyd Bochner ...
Terence Baggett
Arthur Dunwell
Ed Williams ...
John Roarke ...
Margery Ross ...
Gail Neely ...


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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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 »


During Frank and Jane's dance, he rips a large portion of her skirt off. When she goes to sit with Hapsburg, she adjusts her skirt, which seems to have lengthened again. See more »


Waiter: Telephone call, commissioner.
Commissioner Anabell Brumford: Thank you.
[picks up phone]
Commissioner Anabell Brumford: Hello?... He did what?... How many animals escaped?... Oh, my God...
Lt. Frank Drebin: Good evening, commissioner. You're looking lovely tonight.
Commissioner Anabell Brumford: Do you realize that because of you this city is being overrun by baboons?
Lt. Frank Drebin: Well, isn't that the fault of the voters?
[Frank walks away, leaving Commissioner Brumford with an astonished face]
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Stunts: Phil "Kamikaze" Adams "Crazy" Bruce Barbour "Reckless" Dwayne McGee David "Headlong Plunge" Powledge Jeff "Thud" Ramsey Don "Headfirst" Pulford "Dangling" Kaye Wade Charlie "White Knuckles" Brewer Eugene "Splat" Collier Mickey "This Guy's Really Nuts!" White Jimmy "Tailspin" Jue Eric "Aaarrrgggghhhh" Norris Lobster Stunt Breast ........ Miss V Mr. Griffith's Stunt Butt ... Chuck Le Fever See more »


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Consistently amusing with a hatful of belly laughs – fans of the genre and the series will love it
23 August 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a bomb goes off in the offices of a research body looking an alternative energy sources, Lieutenant Frank Drebin is put on the case. Things are made harder when he finds that his ex-girlfriend (Jane) is one of the staff there. As unlikely as it seems, Drebin uncovers a sinister plot involving the heavy fuel lobby to kidnap the President's adviser and replace him with a look-alike that will say what they want. However, with nobody believing him, Frank is forced to take action to expose the leader of the plot – Jane's new lover, Quentin Hapsburg.

Following on from the success of the first film, Frank Drebin is given a second outing and, as before, the humour is silly but comes in heavy doses, creating a pretty consistent tone to the film. The plot is, of course, nonsense and all you really need to know is that, as before, Drebin uncovers a plot that nobody believes while at the same time having love life problems – but surely nobody will be watching this for the plot (and don't call me Shirley). Instead you will come to this for the steady delivery of absurdly silly jokes, all delivered with straight faces from all the cast. It is rather hit and miss but mostly the jokes are amusing even if there aren't as many laugh out loud moments as I would have liked. The addition of a lot of crude material didn't help and I felt it sucked a bit of the sense of fun out of the film.

That is not to say that I didn't laugh out loud (I did) but most of the time I was just chuckling – which is good enough for my money. A big reason the film is funny is the cast. As always, Nielsen is brilliant at this sort of thing when he is given the material. Here he is not as good as his best stuff (due to the material) but he is still the core of this film and is consistently good. Presley has less to do but is good at the straight-faced stuff. OJ and Kennedy have small roles but they are funny with what they have. Goulet is not as good as Montalban from the first film but he has some nice moments.

Overall this is very funny if you are in the mood and, even if you're not, there is still much to enjoy here and it is consistently pretty funny with a real hatful of belly laughs. Not the most high brow of entertainment then but, if you're a fan of the genre then you should love this.

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