Hot Shots! (1991)
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Movie InfoFrom director Jim Abrahams, one of the minds behind the Airplane! and Naked Gun films, comes another parody. This time around, Abrahams has his sights set on the action-adventure genre, specifically Top Gun. Charlie Sheen stars as Topper Harley, a maverick air force pilot who constantly lives in the shadow of his father's legacy. Unable to handle the pressure, Harley has left the Air Force to live among a tribe of Native Americans. But when the United States seeks to destroy some Iraqi nuclear facilities, there's only one man for the job. After being coaxed back into service, Harley soon realizes that in addition to Saddam Hussein, he'll have to contend with a rival pilot, played by Cary Elwes, and a devious aerospace executive. Among the many films lampooned are Dances With Wolves, 9 1/2 Weeks, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Gone With the Wind. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Hot Shots!
A good parody will make a forceful play for laughs, but this movie practically holds the viewer down in a tickle chair, drilling for any reaction. I admire the determination but the effect has worn off some. Maybe it's Sheen.
Well, it's not Airplane! but precious little is.
No one does silly better than Lloyd Bridges.
Great parody. Biting spoofs of Dances with Wolves, Top Gun and more.
Sheen is very good at the deadpan humor that makes these films fly.
Doesn't acheive "Airplane!" (or even "Top Secret!") status, but there are more than enough chuckles to warrant a recommendation.
...flags in the middle, some of its gags trying to reach too far for a laugh, but an adequate amount of it is good enough to make up for the rest.
Audience Reviews for Hot Shots!
Top Gun takes a turn for the funny in Jim Abrahams' Hot Shots!.Flying in at 80+ minutes of screen time, the comedic spoof of a story manages to keep itself together with all the senseless antics. Much like any other comedy, the humor is hit and miss; however, Hot Shots does manage a good number of laughs, as it should with the constant barrage of senseless comedy written into the script.The brain doesn't have to function at a high level to pick up on the fun. At the same time, a lot of it is easily relatable without having to be high on pop culture.The faces of Charlie Sheen, Valeria Golino, and Cary Elwes, among others, do what they have to do in a film of this caliber. Lloyd Bridges is the star of the show. If there are laughs to be had, it is at his expense.Hot Shots! is a comedic quickie and a relaxing sit through. Nothing more, nothing less.More
Hot Shots! Is a spoof of Top Gun. This is a pretty funny film that has lots of memorable moments. The cast do a pretty decent job at bringing on the laughs, and each character is memorable. There are plenty of funny bits in the film, and as far as spoof films are concerned, Hot Shots! Is a pretty good film considering. The film is nothing special, but is nonetheless a lot of fun. I've seen it a few times, and it still manages to hold up quite a bit. I still enjoy it, and what I like about the film is that it's still a good spoof film compared to the many unfunny ones of recent memory. Hot Shots! Is a very funny comedy to watch with friends and it's one of the best spoof films of the 80's. Of course this film doesn't beat Airplane! But this film is still pretty funny for what it is. There are plenty of great lines here that are quotable and humorous. I've never really been that big into Charlie Sheen, I much loved him in Platoon, Young Guns and Major League and Hot Shots! I think that this is Sheen's best comedy film along with Major League. The film has many good gags, and will most likely appeal to fans of Top Gun as much as fans of spoof films. As a comedy, Hot Shots! Works well because the gags are a lot of fun, and the humor is well crafted. Sure, it's not perfect, but it's still a pretty good film to watch. A very entertaining comedy that will make you laugh. This film is lots of fun too.More
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