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Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach Review

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by AVForums Jun 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach Review
    In a bid to open up the police force to a
    wider range of candidates, the Mayor
    abolishes all restrictions of height, weight,
    education, qualifications, experience, and
    even intelligence. The result is that the
    Police Academy is overrun by raw recruits,
    including feckless idler Mahoney (Steve
    Guttenberg), a rich brat (Kim Cattrall),
    demented gun-freak Tackleberry (David
    Graf), human beat-box Larvell Jones
    (Michael Winslow), and the giant Hightower
    (Bubba Smith). Commandant Lassard
    (George Gaynes) has to knock them into
    shape - but scheming Lieutenant Harris
    is determined to wash them all out.
    The weird thing about the Police
    Academy series is that despite being
    universally vilified, and having destroyed
    the acting careers of nearly everyone
    associated with it, it remains one of the
    most successful movie series of all time,
    giving rise to a spin-off TV show and
    animation. There's even talk of a Next
    Generation-style revival of the series, no
    doubt with added pie-shagging and urinedrinking.
    We're sure that the otherwise
    unemployable Steve Guttenberg will be
    happy to sign on, playing his own
    grandfather or something.
    While the first movie was mildly funny
    in a sub-Airplane sort of way, the law
    of diminishing returns set in incredibly
    quickly. In PA2: Their First Assignment,
    Guttenberg and the crowd face down
    gang leader Bobcat Goldthwait; in PA3:
    Back In Training, well, they're back in
    training trying to save the academy
    from closure. In PA4: Citizens on Patrol,
    Lassard decides to recruit watch groups
    from concerned citizens; in PA5:
    Assignment Miami Beach, the team has to
    rescue him when he's kidnapped, and in
    PA6: City Under Siege, he's suspected of
    being a criminal mastermind - as if!
    In the final installment so far, Police
    Academy: Mission to Moscow, Christopher
    Lee, Claire Forlani and Ron Perlman pop
    up in a plot about the Red Mafia. This
    numberless entry into the series is one of
    the unfunniest comedies ever produced.
    On the whole, though, there's
    something comfortingly predictable about
    the pratfalls and innuendo - a bit like the
    Carry On series. But while we might
    recommend you buy the original movie at
    £15.99, we can't imagine what would
    possess you to shell out £70 for the
    seven-movie box set.