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

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86

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 7

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

64

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 175,362

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Movie Info

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 (51) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (7) | DVD (17)

It gave me about 10 big laughs and 20 small laughs and as many smiles. That`s value for time and money spent.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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In the years since he first played Drebin, Nielsen has deepened the role, made it more subtle, more universal, more paramount.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The two Zuckers and Abrahams have, surprisingly, forgotten a principle of parody that they taught everyone else. Namely, that the jokes have to fit, and that they have to refer to the target -- in this instance police movies.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Naked Gun is hugely funny, but it`s also liberating-precisely because it centers its aim on that cold, closed system and blows it apart. The straight lines are shattered; the empty spaces in the images are packed full until they burst.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Like the ZAZ lads' other films, this is a movie made for a VCR Saturday night. They supply the jokes; you bring the microwave popcorn and modest expectations.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Not quite up to Airplane! or Top Secret!, but there are still laughs aplenty.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The proud regard in which this farce holds bad taste makes it endearing.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

For those who savor silliness, The Naked Gun is humor heaven.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The Naked Gun is destined to become a cult comedy classic. If the holiday run doesn`t make a bundle, the returns on the video cassette will.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The determinedly juvenile gags never stop flowing.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The action isn't as consistently funny or surprising this time, but there's a lot of laughter to be found between the merely crude moments.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Who needs decency and good taste when you've got gags this funny? A classic of its type.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

All in all, a balloon-sized hoot.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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
IGN DVD

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
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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 (2 years 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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