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The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

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89

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 4

The Naked Gun is chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.

80

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

The Naked Gun is chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.

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Seeking vengeance when his partner (Simpson) is shot full of holes by drug dealers, Lt. Frank Drebin searches for the Mister Big behind it all. Drebin suspects above-reproach shipping magnate Vincent Ludwig, but he can't prove a thing. Bumped from the force by the mayor, Drebin, with the unexpected assistance of Ludwig's ex-girlfriend, manages to nab the bad guy at a baseball game, where Reggie Jackson has been programmed to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.

PG-13,

Comedy

Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams

Aug 15, 2000

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (4) | DVD (18)

Not quite up to Airplane! or Top Secret!, but there are still laughs aplenty.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The Naked Gun is crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun -- and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
Variety
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The endlessly tasteless juvenilia should make you ashamed of laughing yourself into a stupor.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (6)
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High spirits may be all that a film like this really needs.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The film is as transparent as a third-grader with a water gun, and yet I would rather review a new film by Ingmar Bergman, for there, at least, would be themes to discuss and visual strategies to analyze.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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The Naked Gun is still very funny more than 20 years later. Leslie Nielsen is awesome, and the gags are more hit than miss.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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It would have been nothing without Leslie Nielsen, but this was one of the funniest slapstick comedies of the 1980s.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Bawdy, dumb-humor classic spoofs '80s cop dramas.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...still a hilarious movie, and anyone with a funny bone in his body will probably find it amusing.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Nielsen in particular is superb, cracking his fašade for only the biggest of jokes.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The Naked Gun is a continuous stream of verbal and visual gags that come so fast, you don't have time to realize how bad/old/corny they are.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A comedy classic.

September 24, 2005 | Comment (1)

Nielsen perfectly embodies Drebin with the kind of deadpan seriousness that's essential to making well-written one-liners and situations seem ten times as funny.

May 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

One of the greatest comedies ever made. The laughs don't stop.

April 2, 2004
WaffleMovies.com

Hi-larious. Shame about the sequels.

March 26, 2004
New Times

The jokes fly fast and furious, mostly holding up decades later.

August 28, 2003
FilmJerk.com

Absolutely hysterical!

February 9, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A film like this is all about the comedy. The story is just an excuse to try and make you laugh the loudest they can. And it works!

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Always hysterical, no matter how much you watch it!

August 12, 2002
Zap2it.com

Despite all the outrageous comedy and raunchy bathroom jokes, [the Zuckers] create endearing characters that are likable.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

It's excruciatingly rotten in every sense: not funny, not comical, not entertaining, not even fun to look at.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Comments (4)
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Audience Reviews for The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad!

Another great hit from the team ZAZ with the brillant Leslie Nielsen in his most remember role, or at least one of the most remember, Lt.Frank Drebin.
April 19, 2013
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

One of the funniest films to exist. This superb comedy proves that Leslie Nielsen is the King of slapstick. With so many laughs, this may most likely leave you with stitches from constant laughter.
August 29, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

THE NAKED GUN starts off as a real schlock. For a while, it seems like a generic slapstick cop farce, and only after about fifteen minutes does it become a work of ingenuity. There are so many scenes to love from this movie: Weird Al Yankovic's cameo; the student driver scene; the baseball scene when EVERYBODY is expectorating; the scene when the obese woman falls off the baseball stadium. Though none of the humor is predictable or forgettable, the baseball scenes that occupy the last thirty minutes may be by far the most classic. Not to mention the comically dark placement of "Louie, Louie".
February 21, 2012
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

The Naked Gun is the daddy of parody movies. Along with Leslie's previous film "Airplane!". Its usually the amount of slapstick that breaks comedy films. This film however is the rare film that is made by it.
January 30, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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    1. Nordberg: Drugs...drugs...
    2. Lt. Frank Drebin: Nurse! Get this man some drugs! Can't you see he's in pain?
    3. Nurse #2: [administers drugs]
    4. Nordberg: No...no...heroin Frank, heroin...
    5. Lt. Frank Drebin: Uh...that's a pretty tall order, Nordberg. You'll have to give me a couple of days on that one.
    – Submitted by Brett L (20 months ago)
    1. Jane Spencer: Could I interest you in a nightcap, Lieutenant?
    2. Lt. Frank Drebin: No thank you, I don't wear them.
    – Submitted by sean b (2 years ago)
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