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This is the city... and only Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks can save it in this hilarious box-office blockbuster that pays homage to the famed original police drama of the '50s and '60s. Aykroyd is at his comedic best as the namesake nephew of Detective Sgt. Joe Friday. Like his uncle, he's a blue-suited, by-the-rules cop who reluctantly joins forces with his footloose partner Pep Streebek (Hanks) to rescue the City of Angels from the machinations of a power-mad Reverend and corrupt Police Commissioners. And those are "just the facts" of this hysterically funny action-comedy.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 28
- Fresh: 13
- Rotten: 15
- Average Rating: 4.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Aykroyd and Mr. Hanks play well together, but the funniest performance in the film is that of Dabney Coleman, as the smut king (who lisps).
Rotten: More innocuous than inventive.
Fresh: Yes, it is lowbrow and sophomoric. What you'd call dumb-de-dumb-dumb fun.
Rotten: Aykroyd's script has more than its share of clever, witty ideas, but the film still feels the need to descend way too often to Police Academy-style heroes-dress-up-like-idiots sequences.
Great little romp
Loosely based on the old Dragnet series starring Jack Webb, Ackroyd (as Joe Friday's nephew) does a great impression of a tight-assed, by-the-book cop and Hanks gives a very fine performance as his considerably looser and more modern partner. It is a sort of comic morality play showing in comedic form the hypocrisy of the "System" and its denizens. Christopher Plummer does a perfect job as the smooth and smarmy Reverend who is also the criminal leader of a satanic-like cult, scheming with the corrupt police commissioner and a sleazy porn czar (ably played by Dabney Coleman) to gain political, economic and social power over the city, while smoothly and ruthlessly planning to double-cross all his fellow plotters, and gain total control. A great comic romp, (very loosely) based on an old standard cop show.
Great Humor With Pinpoint Satirical Accuracy On Original Dragnet
To truly appreciate the wit and wisdom of this movie one would have to have a good understanding of the original Dragnet TV show from the 50's and 60's. The characters that Jack Webb and Harry Morgan created and portrayed in the original show had many subtle idiosyncrasies that in retrospect were really overplayed. Dragnet (1987) nailed the character and mannerisms of the original with pinpoint satirical accuracy and thus brought to the forefront what today would be considered somewhat oddball. From stopping to point at the building that they are both about to enter, to turning towards one another in the middle of an interview with a third party and nodding as though they both are realizing a connection that no one else has gotten yet. Dan Aykroyd, in the role of Sargeant Friday, rattles off his lines just as if you were listening to Jack Webb himself. This movie was a great comedic piece of filmography and should be considered a classic. I must admit that I do not understand why two of iTunes "Top Critics' Reviews" say it was rotten other than the fact that they possibly haven't a clue due largely in part to the fact that the original Dragnet was way before their time and they didn't get the sarcastic edge of humor that is evident to older viewers. Aykroyd and Hanks made a great team. Badge # 714 lives on! Would like to see the soundtrack become available so a couple of the tunes could be ob tained.
Where is The Money Pit???!!!
Where is The Money Pit???!!!