The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)



Critic Consensus: The slapstick antics of this sequel provide a few laughs, but fail to equal those of the original.

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Leslie Nielsen returns as the intrepid (and accident-prone) Lt. Frank Drebin in Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, "un film de David Zucker." This second feature film from the "Police Squad!" series finds Drebin as a guest at a White House dinner, receiving an award for shooting his 1,000th drug dealer, although he admits to shooting only 998 -- he ran over the last two in his car. ("Luckily, they turned out to be drug dealers"). Also at the White House dinner is energy czar Dr. Albert S. … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Pat Proft, Jim Abrahams
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On DVD: Aug 15, 2000


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Critic Reviews for The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

Nielsen combines B-movie earnestness, exuberant mugging, and a trouper's slightly desperate cheerfulness: he turns this rather alarming character into a sweet, ebullient lunatic -- albeit one who's hell on innocent bystanders.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

A feeble sequel.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Even if the laugh machine isn't operating at top efficiency, it still cranks out a few choice bits of irreverent lunacy.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Top Critic

The enthusiastic Zucker, Zucker & Abrahams style of movie parody is too rarely seen to prompt much head-shaking about gags that don't work.

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

What's at work here is the comedy law of diminishing returns: if you tell the same jokes over and over and over again, they become less and less and less funny.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Tulsa World

Amusing even if the law of diminishing returns is starting to kick in.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

A silly sequel about a clumsy cop (Leslie Nielsen) who is seeking redemption and a new start in Washington D.C., but then stumbles into a plot involving corrupt businessman looking to gain power. As is the case with most sequels, this movie is not as good or funny as the first. Sure, it has its moments and hilarious puns and instances of physical humor, but when the script misses, it REALLY misses bad. With that said, it is far from bad, anytime Nielsen on the screen you can pretty much find a reason to laugh just but subtle movements or facial expressions he makes. But he can't rescue this movie from being pretty forgettable in the end.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

One of the best sequels of any comedy movie.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

While it doesn't have the same level of laughs like the orignal, this still has some decent laughs. However, Leslie Neilsen still maintains his wacky performance as 'Lt. Frank Drebin' shows he is still a master of slapstick comedy.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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