Dragnet Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ February 15, 2009

Classic 80's comedy with Hanks in his silly prime and Aykroyd when he was in everything haha.
There are some genius moments of comedy gold in this film that just elevate it, its much like the 'Starsky n Hutch' or 'The Dukes of Hazzard' remakes in which they sent up the original somewhat but keep it close to its original format in terms of concepts.

Its really underrated and overlooked frankly, the pairing of Hanks n Aykroyd is fantastic, Aykroyd being so so funny as a stuck up jobsworth and Hanks is perfect in a slick laidback role much like his other 80's characters. Its all very cheesy but there's some good action in here, nice soundtrack and excellent cast, wish they made em like this still hehe.
Super Reviewer
May 26, 2011
Why Mankiewicz?, Why Leonard?, Why Ackroyd?, Why Zweibel?, Why Dragnet is not so good?
Super Reviewer
October 19, 2010
'Dragnet' is the movie Dan Aykroyd must have lived his whole life (up till then) to make. It is truly a moment of cosmic destiny that sees him donning the guise of Sgt. Joe Friday, nephew of the original, and it fits him like a glove, Aykroyd himself has never been better. The machine-gun verbal delivery he honed to perfection on 'Saturday Night Live' is given its best showcase here, and even though Tom Hanks is on board as well and is very likable and funny, make no mistake- this is Dan Aykroyd's show all the way. The best moments of 'Dragnet' come when he spews his rapid-fire dialogue at anyone and everyone; quoting regulations, lecturing bad guys and co-workers alike on everything from sex to zoo animals, declaring his love for Los Angeles and its police department, and generally being so straight a straight-arrow, you wonder if he's ever told a lie in his life. Conviction is one thing that Aykroyd's Joe Friday is definitely not lacking. And that is really the fun of 'Dragnet;' it takes you inside Friday's world, a place without too much in common with modern-day reality, but a place he believes so firmly in that you can't help but be sucked inside. Hanks' Pep Streebeck is there as a sort of reminder of real life, and under other circumstances, the combination wouldn't work, but here it does. The plot involves a porn magazine publisher (Dabney Coleman) who is secretly in cahoots with a right-wing preacher (Christopher Plummer, of all people, doing a letter-perfect take-off of Pat Robertson). Aykroyd's Friday even has a love interest, the Virgin Connie Swail (Alexandra Paul) who is as off-the-wall in her own way as Friday is his, so they make an ideal couple. The film was only a modest hit, and it certainly wasn't Dan Aykroyd's most successful movie in terms of box-office but its in my eyes a classic comedy and worth checking out
Super Reviewer
July 9, 2009
Funny movie version of the classic show. Great dry humor here throughout the whole film like a more deadpan/detective-like Fletch.
Super Reviewer
April 26, 2008
Funny flick and one of the first tv to film adaptations I ever saw.
Super Reviewer
March 5, 2007
Affectionate send-up of an old TV show that's never laugh out loud funny, but Ackroyd and Hanks make a reasonably amusing chalk and cheese double act, mainly because of Ackroyd's deadpan performance.
Super Reviewer
March 13, 2007
Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks are good fun as the straight-by-the-book cop and his rather looser partner in this spoof film.
Super Reviewer
½ November 20, 2006
A horrible classic from my childhood.
Super Reviewer
½ April 28, 2015
Joe Friday is on the case in the buddy cop comedy Dragnet. Adapted from the '50s television show, straight-laced LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday is teamed up with a free-spirited partner and is tasked with investigating a series of robberies by a crime gang calling themselves the P.A.G.A.N.s. Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks make a good comedy duo and deliver solid performances. And, the film does a nice job at homaging the original show while keeping to a modern setting. However, the plot is pretty ridiculous and the villain is extremely cartoonish. Dragnet has some nostalgic charm to it, but overall it ends up being a rather mediocre slapstick comedy.
Super Reviewer
½ June 6, 2011
a funny spoof movie that we will get kick out of it. B+
Super Reviewer
½ March 29, 2010
In this 80's classic, a pair of Detectives is assigned the case of stopping the P.A.G.A.N. (People Against Goodness and Normalcy) organization which is involved in some mysterious Satanic-styled rituals that are taking place on the outskirts of Los Angeles. They immediately clash as one officer (Dan Aykroyd) is a by-the-book officer all the way and the other, Tom Hanks is a goof-off slacker. Christopher Plummer is the slimy Reverend and Alexandra Paul is the virginal young beauty Connie Swail who is to about to be sacrificed by the cultists. With plenty of funny gags, this one is entertaining and worth a rental if you can just switch off your brains for about 106 mins.
Super Reviewer
½ July 2, 2009
Not as bad as you think.
Super Reviewer
½ September 27, 2007
Dan Aykroyd is perfectly cast as a uptight Detective, while Tom Hanks is mis-cast as his hip partner. Together they are out to prove that a famous reverend (Christoper Plummer) is the head of a cult and to bring him to justice.

Hanks surprisingly only had two films that I know of in the 80's that were hits with critics and audiences and those films were of course Splash and Big. I think he did his best work in the 80's with those two films. Here he gets bad one liners and doesn't deliver them very good. Watching this film, it's hard to believe that he went on to be an Oscar winner.

It's sad when Dan Aykroyd is more entertaining and is in better form than Tom Hanks but that's the case in Dragnet anyway. While the directors would have made a better Naked Gun movie, since the film feels like a Naked Gun film, except without Leslie Nielson and the laughs.
Super Reviewer
½ March 8, 2007
Its the Virgin Connie Swayle...Duh Da Dun!
One of the favorite comedies from the 80's with Dan Akroyd and Hanks as good cop/bad cop. A ton of corny/funny lines. Need to check this out again.
Thank God it's Friday!
Super Reviewer
June 14, 2008
The virgin Connie Swayles may not approve of all of this movie but a fun little spoof of the uptight FBI propaganda that was the original Dragnet TV show.
Super Reviewer
December 12, 2007
½ January 28, 2012
This is less of a remake and more of a parody of the successful but serious 1950s show, so any fans of the old television series should be warned. Tom Hanks is wonderfully energetic, funny and likeable. Dan Akroyd complements Hanks well as a straight man and plays the part of a funnier Joe Friday quite well. Although the two main characters are a home run the case they pursue and the support characters around them leave much to be desired. It is also blemished by the 80s setting. I feel like a more direct parody set in 1950s Los Angeles could tap into another layer of jokes and play off the pop-culture differences from 30 years ago. It has obvious flaws but Akroyd and Hanks have good chemistry and they make it fun anyway.
September 13, 2011
Funny parody of the old Dragnet series with Aykroyd and Hanks each doing a decent job. The film is entertaining and funny enough. I liked the satanic ritual stuff, and there are plenty of other gags to enjoy, and Aykroyd's deadpan always serious Friday is a solid straight man to Hanks looser style. It isn't realistic, but I enjoyed it.
August 23, 2011
Good movie one of the early ones for Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd. A great cast in this and good comedy.
½ May 31, 2010
Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks, the comedian, not the actor, deliver a great odd couple style comedy. For those not familiar with the show, I suppose this could be seen as a buddy cop comedy. It's good and definitely worth checking out.
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