Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Reviews
June 27, 2014
It's crap without Mahoney keeping everything together. But it's still a Police Academy movie. If one were drunk, it would seem like the other 4 chapters in the film franchise, however, sober, it clearly is not.
I still gave it 2 stars just because it still had its roots in the fun film franchise. As a stand alone I'd give it .5 stars.
May 9, 2014
Incredibly dumb and slapstickish, Police Academy 5: Assignment - Miami Beach is a mass of stupidity. The Policy Academy's finest head to Miami when Commandant Lassard is set to be honored as Police Officer of the Decade at the National Police Chiefs Convention, but when a bumbling thief accidentally switches luggage with Lassard hijinks ensue. Steve Guttenberg is MIA, and his absence is felt. And while Matt McCoy steps in as a Mahoney like character, he's a poor substitute. But what's really missing is the team dynamic, as the characters are written as one-note jokes. Spectacularly awful, Police Academy 5: Assignment - Miami Beach is an embarrassment to the series.
January 2, 2014
Police Academy can go fucking die.
August 27, 2013
Fifth times a charm? well actually this film does get back on track somewhat after the terrible fourth. The first Academy film without Guttenberg as the wet ass 'Mahoney', so we get another Mahoney-like character in 'Nick Lassard'...cos they need that all round good looking good guy who pesters/stalks the sexy women in these films.
The plot is quite straight forward as usual, 'Cmdt Lassard' is up for retirement (after 'Harris' brought it to everyone's attention) and is being given a heroes send off in Miami. So off he goes with his regular band of loyal officers. Everything gets spoilt though when an accidental bag switch with some criminals equals Lassard having some stolen jewels and the criminals getting his pet goldfish.
While this still continues the trend of a PG film there is still a reasonable amount of fun to be had with the highjinx. The plot being set in Miami of course equals lots of obligatory tanned ladies in bikini's and cliched poolside slapstick. While its not dirty or seedy its relatively easy going and watchable which is surprisingly really. I think this film is much closer to a Pink Panther type film with the trio of incompetent criminals trying to nab Lassard's bag, that combined with the standard predictable pranks on 'Harris'.
Once again though we have the repetitive training aspect of these films...yes again. Because the guys are at a convention for Lassard's award there is yet more police procedural demonstrations which once again gives all the characters the chance to demonstrate their quirky skills. 'Tackleberry' and his guns, voice commands with 'Hooks'....do I really need to go through this again?. The only new addition to the team this time is Thacker as 'Conklin' from the previous film, as you may have already guessed his huge weight comes into effect for some visual gags.
This time around its actually the bad guys that save the day in my opinion. Usually its Harris and 'Proctor' who are still good fun here but the trio of crooks are admittedly amusing. There is a really nice air of quality slapstick with these guys, especially the boss played by Rene Auberjonois whose obsession with his hair and nasal voice make for a perfect greasy bad guy. His two sidekicks are both kinda dumb and your standard heavy handed mobster types but there is a credible Three Stooges act going on there.
This doesn't excuse a lot of childish crap though, you know they are starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel when they actually use a fart in the elevator joke. Then there's the old drugged unconscious gag with Harris, setting his straw hat on fire, writing 'dork' on his chest with sunblock and a really nasty 'Jaws' send up.
The finale is yet again another chase sequence on water (clearly run out of ideas) with all the predictable stuff that you'd expect to see on water. Again it does look good as a visual spectacle as do most of the PA chase sequences, but its so very hollow and comes across more like a stunt mans show. Everything is tied up in a neat little bow with Lassard being allowed to carry on for another hundred years or so despite the fact he's useless and all is good with the world again.
Its very very bland and very very hokey, most of it is performed and filmed like an instructional video on how to make (attempt) slapstick, but from the third film onwards we know that don't we. Despite all that its a fairly enjoyable romp and is certainly better than the fourth film, at least we get a breath of fresh air with the location. I do like how they do the films titles each time though, quite like this one in particular.
May 23, 2013
0% of critics liked it. lol. Which means, I did. Mrs. Gretzky.
|Janika Maria B||
March 31, 2013
I'm not too fond of policemen
July 7, 2007
Wow. How did they make it this far?
June 22, 2012
I own this in a seven movie pack along with:
* Police Academy (1984)
* Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
* Police Academy 3: Back In Training (1986)
* Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol (1987)
* Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)
* Police Academy: Mission To Moscow (1994)
December 24, 2012
More of the same but more adventurous and not trying "too" hard like some people think.
November 19, 2012
Here is where the series really took a turn for the worse. The group heads to Miami Beach to help honour Commandant Lassard. Guttenberg wisely took a pass and his replacement Nick is not a value add amid mostly poor slapstick humour. Proctor saves this one from an even lower rating.
September 13, 2012
I really like this movie and the standards it introduces to our society. Police Academy 5 changed MY LIFE.
September 27, 2007
I have love for the franchise, not because any of the films are at all that good, but more so because everything this franchise represents I love. There is no Guttenberg in this film and that's a real shame, instead we get to see some of the rest of the Academy get more time in the sun. Gaynes and Bailey are really what makes this series tick and even though its horribly tired, they do put in some pretty decent comedic performances.
September 8, 2006
Hands down the best Police Academy movie. Just enough zany cop humor and a rounded cast of veterans from the series a new introductions.
June 9, 2012
ridiculous & this story needs to end
|Riccardo Antonio R||
May 25, 2012
Generic raunchy comedy. not for kids. Be wary of sequals where the original star isn't in it. I.E. Steve Geutenburg passed on this one
May 20, 2012
It is very different from the last movies. They are not in a mission anymore, it's more like a summer vacation. Replacing Steve Guttenberg, who was the funniest guy in the series, for Matt McCoy was huge mistake. In the end you can see some ridiculous action scenes and the movie lacks on humor.
*PS: The bad guys in the movie look more like the 3 stooges.
April 27, 2012
The Gute leaves the reigns of the franchise to new comer Matt McCoy and the Police Academy franchise doesn't suffer for it; the graduates are still up to their typical antics with Jones kung fu dubbing his way into the hearts of Miami diamond thieves, Tackleberry fending off great whites with his magnum, and Captain Harris douching his way into the lamest academy pranks. Assignment Miami Beach is a pure dumb goof but if you've made it this far into the franchise than you're all in, plus who doesn't love a jet black Rene Abuberjonis running afoul of George Gaynes' Lassard clumsy buffoonery? VF.
April 26, 2012
Now this is just milking a franchise.
March 31, 2012
i love this movie....my fave character is proctor