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Par for the course

Author: gridoon2015
2 February 2009

Why do I keep watching the "Vice Academy" movies? I think it's a combination of the inviting covers, the cute female leads, and the general idea of women in charge. Too bad the writer-director-producer of the series, Rick Sloane, lacks both the budgets and the sophistication to pull them off. "Vice Academy 5" suffers from his typically lazy camera setups (too often, he simply has 4 or 5 characters standing in a line, reciting largely unfunny dialogue), almost complete lack of story, and too little screen time for the supposed stars of the series, the Vice Girls themselves (Elizabeth Kaitan, from Parts 3 & 4, is joined by newcomer Raelyn Saalman; they are both attractive and seem to be having fun with their roles). For about every joke that works, there are 10 that don't, and for about every minute of nudity, there are 80+ without it. In other words, par for the course of the series. * out of 4.

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Another worthy entry in this delightful series

Author: Woodyanders ( from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
22 August 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Blithely naughty virtual reality hooker Heidi Ho (deliciously essayed to campy'n'vampy perfection by buxom blonde babe J.J. North) gets unleashed from a computer by the commissioner's geeky son Irwin (a nice'n'nerdy turn by Chad Gabbert) and goes on a libidinous rampage. It's up to scatterbrained ditz Candy (the adorably daffy Elizabeth Kaitan) and her snarky new partner Traci (sassy brunette spitfire Raelyn Saalman) to stop Heidi Ho. Meanwhile, starchy repressed spinster supreme Miss Devonshire (the terrific Jayne Hamil) tries to salvage her floundering marriage with the cocky, yet clueless commissioner (Jay Richardson in fine pompous form). Once again writer/director Rick Sloane hits the crudely amusing bull's eye with plenty of spot-on lowbrow japes about such certifiably gut-busting subjects as undercover lady cops being beaten up by prostitutes, sexual harassment, catfights, bad practical jokes, and nasty sexually transmitted computer virus diseases. This flick further benefits from spirited acting by a sturdy cast: Kaitan and Saalman make for a suitably sexy mismatched team, Tane McClure has a neat supporting role as bitchy, meddlesome councilwoman Jean Capri, Michael Kayem is a total hoot as stuck-up sexist pig stud muffin patrolman Petrolino, and Honey Lauren adds a little extra sauciness as brash sex therapist Dr. Tiffany Berkowitz. Stephen Crawford's cinematography is merely adequate while both the insanely crankin' theme song "Pistol Whipped" and Alan DerMarderisian's funky score do the gnarly trick. Plus this picture doesn't skimp on the yummy distaff eye candy: North, Saalman and Kaitan all have much-appreciated topless scenes. Essential viewing for fans of this always enjoyable series.

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