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Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)



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Movie references, sight gags, silly puns, and double entendres abound in Hot Shots! Part Deux, Jim Abrahams' sequel to Hot Shots -- only now the object of the skewering is the Stallone Rambo movies instead of Top Gun. Charlie Sheen returns as the lunk-headed Topper Harley, who has retreated to a Buddhist monastery after being dumped by Ramada Rodham Hayman (Valerie Golino). In this far-off retreat, the monks have "taken a vow of celibacy, just like their fathers and their fathers before them." But Topper bulks up and goes back into action when his superior officer, Colonel Denton Walters (Richard Crenna) is captured by a Saddam Hussein look-alike, missing somewhere between "Iraq and a Hard Place." Topper charges into Iraq (after barreling through a Beverly Hills barbecue) along with sexy CIA operative Michelle Rodham Huddleston (Brenda Bakke) in tow, his guns ablazing. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Charlie Sheen
as Topper Harley
Lloyd Bridges
as Tug Benson
Brenda Bakke
as Michelle
Miguel Ferrer
as Harbinger
Jerry Haleva
as Saddam Hussein
Mitchell Ryan
as Gray Edwards
Ryan Stiles
as Rabinowitz
Rosemary Johnston
as Lavinia Rodham Benso...
Clyde Kusatsu
as Prime Minister Soto
Buck McDancer
as Richard Nixon
Larry Lindsey
as Gerald Ford
Ed Beheler
as Jimmy Carter
Daniel T. Healy
as George Bush
Jay Koch
as Ronald Reagan
Charlie Haugk
as Navy Seal
Gregory Sierra
as The Captain
Bob Vila
as Himself
Dian Kobayashi
as Mrs. Rodham Soto
Ben Lemon
as Team 2 Leader
J.D. DeKranis
as Michael Corleone Loo...
Bob Legionaire
as Captain McCluskey Lo...
Corey Rand
as Sollozzo Look-Alike
Tony Edwards
as Limo Driver
James Lew
as Kick Boxer Opponent
Kelly Connell
as Radio Operator
Gerald Okamura
as Corrupt Kick Boxing ...
Chi-Muoi Lo
as Thai Kick Boxing Spo...
Joseph V. Perry
as Singing Waiter
Oz Tortora
as Singing Busboy
Ron Pitts
as Black Kick Boxing Sp...
Martin Sheen
as Capt. Benjamin L. Wi...
Judith Kahan
as Veiled Woman
Mark Steen
as Adrian Messenger
Scott Reeves
as Navy Seal
Keith Woulard
as Navy Seal
Dan Jessee
as Navy Seal
Nancy Abrahams
as Mother Whose Baby is...
Jane Butenoff
as Slim Woman at Banque...
Louise Yaffe
as Gray Edwards' Concub...
Alice Gruenberg
as Backyard Family
Shaun Toub
as Sleeping Guard
Charles Haugk
as Navy Seal
Judy Kahan
as Veiled Woman
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Critic Reviews for Hot Shots! Part Deux

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

This is a long way from the inspirations of Airplane!

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Unlike its grim predecessor, there are at least two chuckles this time round.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Is nothing sacred to the makers of Hot Shots! Part Deux? Nope. Not a thing.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

There are many instances when the film is too obvious in its attempts at humor.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

God help me, I laughed and slapped my thighs.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

One of the pleasures of watching a spoof like this is to spot the references; it's like a quiz on pop art.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hot Shots! Part Deux

While not as funny, clever, or thrilling as the first, "Hot Shots! Part Duex" serves as a very fun sequel, with just enough laughs to keep it's audience engaged. That is both good and bad, as more of the jokes here are misses to me. The strange thing about this film is that it feels completely unnecessary, but it works so well. Charlie Sheen is back once again in the title role of Topper, and does a bang up job of helming most of the best gags. This film came at the time where spoof films were just about to begin to get dumber, and I applaud it for being able to stand on it's own and have it's name still talked about in pop culture. This sequel is definitely an enjoyable one that I would recommend to fans of the first, but there is really nothing new to see here, other than a new story. The jokes are inspired from the first and the acting feels similar as well. It is the best sequel you can get though, so I liked it.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


The original movie turned out to be a big success so the inevitable sequel came along, this time they primarily went for an out n out spoof of 'Rambo III'. Most of the same cast members are back from the original in the same roles accept for Ryan Stiles who reappears again but as another character oddly (I guess we didn't see him properly in the first flick). As for the title...deux is obviously French for the number two, so was this suppose to be a funny alternative to simply having 'part 2'? bit lame.

So everything you got with the first movie you get all over again with this...accept this time the belly laughs are much greater and the visual tomfoolery is much better. The plot follows along the lines of 'Rambo III' with the obligatory changes and simplifications here and there, again this is a complete story and not just a collection of jokes or skits tied together. Once again its directed and written by Jim Abrahams so the quality is still on par with his previous offering.

The comedy angle in this movie is much more politically satirical in places with a slightly more grown up vibe. The film starts off with a brilliant sequence showing the dastardly Saddam Hussein (the 90's remember) getting ready for bed in his lavish palace. The entire scene is chock full of brilliant little visual gags, childish gags and some genuinely clever comedy, naturally it all ends in a farcical bit of slapstick but its all really well directed. Jerry Haleva who portrays Hussein really hams it up perfectly giving a great little dialog free performance whilst looking quite authentic. I watch today in amazement that they got away with such blasphemy, these days I'm sure there would be some nasty backlash.

From that sharp controversial lampooning we move onto the next big sequence involving the introduction of Sheen's character Topper. Topper is now a buffed up Buddhist living in a small Thai village where he fights for the sheer pleasure of manly violence. Here we see a quite ingenious fight sequence littered with many great visual moments such as Topper's candy coated hand wraps, Richard Crenna's pig snout sub with running mustard, a crowd member getting his head kicked off and the fight ref getting his head squashed between the two fighters flying kicks.

It sounds horrific at times and lets not beat around the bush there is some heavy Tom & Jerry style violence in here. But as before the effects are so cheap and tacky looking, so utterly ridiculous and hokey, its quite clear no one (including kids) is gonna be upset by anything here, its a complete cartoon once again. That's not to say the effects are purposely hokey everywhere, far from it, there are also some quite lovely little touches dotted throughout the picture. Who can forget the excellent freezing and shattering of Saddam ala 'T2', the enemy soldier splattered across the side of a hut and Saddam getting crushed under the grand piano. Some of the makeup effects are really nicely done too, clearly the budget for this was much beefier than before.

What did impress about this movie was how action packed it was, one exciting scene after another. The attack on the enemy camp as the plot reached its climax is probably the most iconic although the riverboat attack sequence was pretty sweet too. Sheen looks pretty darn good all buffed which was surprising really, he actually went to a lot of trouble to actually look ripped just for a stupid spoof. Anyhow this is where Sheen shines as he runs around this enemy camp doing a Schwarzenegger ('Predator' if anything) and gunning down hordes of armed soldiers without getting a scratch. The videogame high score text that pops up on screen telling us the body count and what other ultra violent adult movies the movie now equals and consequently tops, is totally inane but admittedly clever. I love how completely bonkers the action sequence gets trying to lampoon classic action set pieces...even to the point where Topper just grabs a handful of loose ammo and throws it at a bunch of enemy soldiers causing them to drop dead in overly theatrical ways. The action sequences in this movie literately lampoon the classic action man flicks to pieces...and it works.

Stand out performances again go to Bridges who just gets better as he goes, some of his scenes are fecking hilarious and the way he whips out some of his dialog is monumentally montorific! Richard Crenna has a small part but his send-up of his Rambo character is super sweet, love his prison cage escape scene with Sheen. I've also gotta throw out a kudos to the small role of the Iraqi Captain played by Greg Sierra. I loved his little performances, he looked the part and has some great facial expressions. He's the bad guy who Crenna's character spits at and a huge bucket load of water hits him in the face...brilliant stuff.

What I personally loved about this sequel was the fact that its crammed with so many little visual gags, there's lots going on both foreground and background, even more so than the original movie. Not only is there a lot of lampoonery going on its all of high quality, pretty much all of the jokes still hit their target even to this day. From the political jabs to the movie parodies to the out n out dumbass visual gags, like the now infamous bow and chicken firing scene. Even Rowan Atkinson in one of his first major film roles was pretty good. So yeah...I prefer this over the original any day of the week, its much funnier, wittier, visually more exciting, better effects and with much better in depth performances.

'We'll settle this the old Navy way, first guy to die...LOSES!'

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Fun fact: This movie stars Charlie Sheen.

Jim Abrahams' Hot Shots! Part Deux succesfully makes a mockery of Rambo.

Fun fact: This is a sequel.

80 minutes of slapstick comedy is all this film needs to entertain. The story lacks any sophistication, which is perfectly a-ok for a film of this caliber; so much so, that watching the first installment isn't a requirement.

Unscramble this movie title: Deux Part Shots! Hot

There is a boat load of action (and bullets) and a high body count; however, it is pieced together with PG violence and humorous antics. Once again, fitting for this picture.

Quiz: Is this a comedy?

Overacting and quirky characters come as expected. Lloyd Bridges is always good for multiple laughs. Valeria Golino and Brenda Bakke are exceptional eye candy.

Fun fact: "The" is spelled t-h-e.

Good for a quick night watch, Hot Shots! Part Deux delivers the fun.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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