• PG-13, 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Zucker
    In Theaters:
    Jun 28, 1991 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 15, 2000
  • Paramount


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

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June 24, 2014

- 'The Naked Gun 2 1/2 : the Smell of Fear' is a 1991 comedy film directed by David Zucker and forms the second installment of the popular 'The Naked Gun'-trilogy, starring Leslie Nielsen (Scary Movie 3, Spy Hard) as Lt. Frank Drebin. The story is set some time after the events of the first film and deals with the same brilliant humor, jokes and facial expressions. They also did a parody-scene of the movie 'Ghost'. I really love this series. For me this is true comedy. With Priscilla Presley (Dallas), George Kennedy (Intensive Care), O.J. Simpson (Naked Gun series), Robert Goulet (Beetlejuice) and Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter saga).

When a bomb explodes in the office of Dr. Albert Meinheimer (Griffiths), Frank Drebin (Nielsen) is on the case to investigate why someone would want to kill the scientist. To his surprise Meinheimer's assistant is none other than his ex-girlfriend Janes Spencer (Presley). When questioning her, he meets her new boyfriend, Hexagon Oil Executive Quentin Hapsburg (Goulet). Continuing his investigation with the help of his boss Ed Hocken (Kennedy) and officer Nordberg (Simpson) Frank discovers that Hapsburg is behind the assassination attempt!
Just James
June 20, 2014
Accident-prone detective Frank Drebin returns in The Smell Of Fear, the sequel to hit The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad. It's hard for sequels to live up to or surpass their predecessors, 2 1/2 doesn't surpass the first but it gets incredibly close and that's highly admirable. Frank Drebin is on a new case involving the attempted murder of a scientist, who then becomes part of a kidnapping plot.

I prefer the original's story involving the Queen coming to visit, it was simply ripe for laughs and it delivered, this second story is less developed but still unloads laugh after laugh, most of which left me in pain from chuckling. Even simple gags like Priscilla Presley crying and wringing her tissue into a bucket filled with tears are laugh out loud, best of all is the crime scene after the bombing, look at the ridiculously over the top placings of the chalk outlines, and Leslie Nielsen's serious tone and facial expressions amongst the madness, this is comedy gold. George Kennedy is outstanding as Detective Captain Ed Hocken, who works alongside Drebin, Kennedy manages to reel out big laughs and never gets left in the shadows behind Nielsen's work. Priscilla Presley is one of the Queen's of slapstick alongside Anna Faris, her falls, slips and trips are usually whilst she's being seductive or explaining some important evidence.

Not a single joke here is out of place, within the first minute I was howling, and I have always said a comedy that can make you laugh almost immediately is a keeper. It'll be interesting to see what Paramount will do with this reboot of this franchise starring Ed Helms, cause he'll sure have his work cut out.
June 15, 2014
Not as great as the first, but still gets plenty of laughs.
October 11, 2008
Not as great as the original but its still funny.
Abc D.
May 10, 2014
Another hilarious movie, though not quite up to par with the first Naked Gun movie. The jokes are still overwhelmingly spot on and smartly written, despite the goofy nature of the humor.
February 14, 2014
I think "The Naked Gun" is one of the funniest films of the 1980s. In contrast, the sequel is a disappointment. It has it's high points, Robert Goulet's turn as the villain being one of them, but the humour is more forced here. The rapid fire style of the original is replaced with a lot of laborious set up for jokes that are sometimes quite mediocre. Nielsen has really begun to play more like a comedic actor here, which hurts the basic concept. Not a waste of time by any means, but really a disappointment.
December 21, 2013
another hilarious oddball comedy from the naked gun trilogy
January 21, 2007
This is the second film in the series and there are still a lot of laughs during the movie. Leslie Nielsen is excellent in the lead role again. There are so many jokes that it is alright that not all of them work because there are so many moments that are funny. If you liked the first movie in the series then definitely check out this one.
December 6, 2013
Not as hilarious as the first, but still decent enough.
June 6, 2009
The only thing that caught me off guard was how average this slapstick comedy felt.
October 14, 2013
a good sequel. good acting and a solid script.
October 13, 2013
Well, of course this is great! Not as good as the first, but absolutely hilarious nonetheless. I saw this one in the theater originally, and subsequently upwards of two dozen times.
September 24, 2013
Film nummer två lägger sig snäppet närmare den ursprungliga tv-serien, och effekten blir önskad. Mer gravallvarligt agerande och mindre flams. Sammanfattningsvis en högkvalitativ skrattfest, som är minst lika bra som ettan.
September 24, 2013
A superior sequel, as high standard as the first film with some fantastic sight gags and belly laughs.
January 20, 2013
The Naked Gun 2 1/2 The Smell of Fear may not be as funny as the first movie. But it's still a hysterical film with another brilliant performance from Leslie Nielsen, it's a shame the cliches have started to creep in.
Dann M

Super Reviewer

August 17, 2013
The Police Squad is back in full force in The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear. When there's an attack on the president's energy advisor Lt. Frank Drebin is assigned the case, but things get personal when he discovers that his ex-girlfriend Jane is involved and may be the next target. The original cast returns and gives even stronger performances. However, the humor is overly sexual and doesn't quite fit tonally with all the pratfalls and sight gags. Though it's not as funny as the original, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear is full of laughs.
Connor G.
August 14, 2013
Clearly not as good as the first, but still an impressive sequel.
June 24, 2013
April 17, 2008
Entertaining but really silly sequel to the great "Naked Gun: Files from the Police Squad!". The plot is still absurd, but the comedy and slapstick is less in numbers than it is in the first one. Less cleverer and sometimes more desperate, its a mixed bag for me, but its still fun to watch.
July 20, 2013
This off-the-wall comedy sequel is more than capable of living up to the standards of its predecessor, but it's not as good. Don't get me wrong, the acting is really good, and the film's style is enjoyable, but the plot amounts to another "save the environment" thing. But that is immediately resolved by the mounds of utterly hilarious gags. Overall, if the plot were a little better, than this movie could have been just as good, if not better than the original Naked Gun.
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