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The original HOT SHOTS was a fabulous film and was more polished and
fresh than this remake. However, this is not to say this sequel is
bad--it still maintains an excellent pace and will make you laugh.
That's because even more than the original, the jokes come so rapid
fire that if one falls flat (as many do), there is no doubt a good
laugh coming only moments later.
In HOT SHOTS, the film is basically a take off on TOP GUN--with many other movie references thrown in as well. Here in PART DEUX, the story is essentially RAMBO II along with many other movie references as well. Some of the parodied films include LADY AND THE TRAMP, CASABLANCA and NO WAY OUT.
The major difference in this film is the inclusion of a new major character, Saddam Hussein! He is ridiculed repeatedly and comes off as an effeminate oaf. Late in the film, the action really heats up when the President (played wonderfully once again by Lloyd Bridges) has a final showdown with Hussein...and the film degenerates into the weirdest takeoff on TERMINATOR II that you can imagine! Overall, the plot is mostly stupid and irrelevant--which is exactly what you'd expect from such a film! This is because the plot is only an excuse for stringing together many jokes and while some of the great intellectuals out there may hate this sort of film, you can't deny that it makes you laugh...unless you LIKE Saddam Hussein! The film misses about as often as it hits, but still with so many jokes this is still a crowd pleaser. Not as good as HOT HOTS or the AIRPLANE movies, it is still well worth seeing. And, unlike many films, gets better with repeated viewing.
hmmm.this movie was definitely not as good as the first one.they tried too hard for laughs this time around.in the first one, they made the laughs seem so effortless.this time there were too many pratfalls,too much physical comedy.there was like the first film a couple of very funny scenes,but the rest was too forced.they tried to jam to much comedy into the movie,at the expense of everything else.the actors weren't as convincing in this film.most of the film bordered on being absurd,even ludicrous, and not in a good way.fairly lame all around actually.i'm glad they stopped at 2, because a 3rd one would have been beyond ridiculous.3.5*
Hot Shots Part Deux is another hilarious if sometimes not totally perfect comedy from Jim Abrahams, mastermind of the first Hot Shots and Jane Austen's Mafia. Now he brings Sheen back as a Rambo-like hero who has to save soliders who were sent to rescue soldiers who were sent to resuce soldiers from desert storm. Sometimes misses, but it's made up by outrageous and outstanding sequences making fun of (said earlier) Rambo, Deer Huunter (I think), Sadaam's whole regime, Apocalypse Now, and much much more. Not great but certainly can't be ignored either. Bridges once again is awesome (he has fun sharpening a pencil in his ear). Note, this is also the only film where it's making of special makes fun of dramatic making of specials of movies. A-
An American special forces team is captured on an assassination mission
after the Iraq war. A rescue team is itself captured. The missions were
sabotaged. President Tug Benson (Lloyd Bridges) is losing support in
his re-election bid. Col. Denton Walters (Richard Crenna) is to lead
the rescue and Benson wants Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen). Topper is
working at a monastery in Thailand and doing dimsum fighting. He is
still haunted by Ramada (Valeria Golino). Walters and CIA Michelle
Huddleston (Brenda Bakke) try to recruit Topper but he refuses. Walters
is captured and Topper returns to rescue him. He is surprised that
Ramada is in country as the local contact.
The first section is bland without Topper Harley. It takes awhile for the comedy to be really funny. The mission is much more compelling and funnier. The second half is better as Topper goes full Rambo. Killing comically is hilarious slapstick. The movie takes off with the fun slapstick and Golino has a good comic vibe with Sheen. Her natural accent just makes it that much funnier. Martin Sheen makes a hilarious short cameo.
The first "Hot Shots", whilst not exactly bowling the critics over,
remains a popular addition to the spoof genre. But despite having seen
the original many times, the sequel had largely passed me by. I guess I
wasn't that bothered by it - how many spoof sequels can you think of
that match the original - but thankfully, I shouldn't have been that
worried. By switching its focus from mocking "Top Gun" to the likes of
"Rambo", "Robocop" and "Commando", the film retains its delightfully
silly outlook on things but still goes for the jugular against a soft
Rock God from Mars Charlie Sheen returns as Topper Harley who has now left the military and is living a simpler life in a Tibetan monastery after having his heart broken by his former squeeze Ramada (Valeria Golino). But Topper is soon back in action after President Tug Benson (Lloyd Bridges) sends Colonel Walters (Richard Crenna) and CIA agent Michelle Huddlestone (Brenda Bakke) to get Topper leading a rescue mission in Iraq to free the guys who were sent to free the guys who were sent to free hostages from the first Gulf War. But as before, there is a saboteur in the side and soon, Topper must seriously rack up the body count in order to get the job done.
"Hot Shots: Part Deux" is not a film to take seriously - this is as stupid a film as I can recall. Like the first, it crams every scene with sight gags, one liners and slapstick and also like the first, a fair number do raise a smile if few out-and-out laughs. It isn't anything like as funny as its spiritual predecessors like "Airplane!" or "The Naked Gun", despite the director being one of the three responsible for them. However, it is funnier than modern spoofs like "Scary Movie" or "Meet The Spartans" but to be frank, I find the BBC News channel funnier than those films. Sheen is surprisingly funny as Topper, aping Sly Stallone perfectly despite launching a chicken from a longbow with intent, and so is Crenna who is basically playing his "Rambo" character for laughs instead. The rest of the cast do OK, mainly following Bridges lead but he does provide another link to the earlier, better movies. It's as if the film makers were pleading for legitimacy, saying that this is a proper spoof even if there is no Leslie Nielsen in it.
I understand that "Rambo"-style films aren't exactly hard to spoof but "Hot Shots: Part Deux" does a decent job of bringing them down a peg or two. It isn't a laugh-a-minute mickey-take but it does make you smile and remind you how utterly stupid most action movies from that era actually are. Even compared to the first "Hot Shots!", it holds up pretty well but I couldn't escape the sense that they were trying a bit too hard. What made the likes of "Airplane!" so special was the screenplay which was simply hilarious on its own. There was no need for special effects besides the crude aeroplane model being buffeted by lightning - the lines and performances were enough. Here, the gags are almost drowned out by the explosions and fire fights - each scene simply takes its cue from scenes in other films but replays them for laughs. Nothing wrong with that, as such, but I just preferred the earlier spoofs to these ones. And remember, it's been a long time since spoof movies enjoyed this level of success.
I watched "Part Deux" just a day after the original and found it just a
couple of notches below its predecessor. The spoof target is mainly
"Rambo-First Blood", but as before many other films are referenced,
like "Basic Instinct", "Apocalypse Now" (naturally) "Robin Hood Prince
of Thieves" and even Disney's "The Lady and the Tramp". it's all part
of the fun, of course, as well as making sure you watch the background,
where a sight-gag is invariably playing.
Charlie Sheen is all pumped up with somewhere to go, although this time I found too much camera time devoted to Lloyd Bridges' president, even if he does seem to anticipate Dubya years in advance.
There are some comic gems, like the "Geronimo" sketch, heck I even laughed out loud at the map showing a no-man's land between Iraq and A Hard Place. If that kind of humour tickles you, there's plenty more, for better or worse, from where that came from, although the first in the series, where the characters and situations were fresher, in my opinion, edges out its follow-up in the comedy stakes.
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The original Hot Shots was brilliant. The laughs were just about equal to Airplane. I have watched Hot Shots several times, and every time discover a new joke that I missed. Part Deux was dull and not very funny. The gags were not very well thought out. The beginning has Saddam Hussein capturing hostage rescuers. The jokes get old quickly. The new love interest is pretty lame. It was equally lame when the old flame showed up. I thought it would be funny when Richard Crenna showed up in his role on Rambo - but even that wasn't funny. It is a pity, because the first Hot Shots was such a great comedy. This one wasn't saved by Mr. Bean, either. Rowan Atkinson's character was very brief and rather dreary.
Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen) is living in a Buddhist monastery, doing
odd jobs for the locals, when he's recruited by the Military to rescue
a rescue team (which initially was sent in to rescue a rescue team to
rescue a rescue team to rescue...etc.) from Iraq. At first he's
reluctant but eventually agrees.
Once there he unleashes hell and becomes a one-man army as he takes on everyone in sight.
The first "Hot Shots!" movie was basically a spoof of "Top Gun" and this film is basically a spoof of the Rambo movies starring Sylvester Stallone. Sheen runs around with a bandana and a crossbow killing people in Iraq and flexes his sweaty muscles. (He worked out eight hours a day in preparation for the shoot so that he would not feel embarrassed at the film's screening.) Lloyd Bridges returns, now as the President of the United States, along with the unnecessary love interest Valerina Golino, who is totally there just for her looks. Other notables have small roles - namely Rowan Atkinson - and some bad impersonators.
The movie is rather lazy in terms of being an actual spoof - it takes the easy route much of the time and isn't even as good as the original, which wasn't great to begin with. But for the most part it does deliver and has some funny segments, like the Saddam Hussein showdown.
If you're just looking for entertainment, this will do; but I'd recommend "Airplane," "The Naked Gun" or even the original "Hot Shots" instead if you haven't seen them yet.
This was a very funny movie. Great cast and funny dialogue. It spoofs just about every contemporary, big-budget movie to date. A must-see comedy!!!!!!!
Charlie Sheen is back as Topper in this sequel which is better than the
original,this time he is outfitted with Rambo-like muscles.Bridges is a
Rating:****1/2 (out of five)
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