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Super Reviewer
April 11, 2015
Back in 1986 there was a movie called 'Top Gun', you might have heard of it, it did quite well. During casting the young Charles Sheen was considered for the main role in the movie (later taken by Cruise), his brother Emilio turned down the role! Well later on down the line we got this spoof which really does seem like Sheen's late audition for the real deal. Its odd because in a way you could actually see him in the role of Maverick, its not a stretch, and here you do feel he's making the best of it to show us all just that (my thoughts).

There have been many spoofs over the years but this franchise is generally considered to be one of the best alongside 'The Naked Gun' trilogy. Its of course no surprise that all the best spoofs have been written and directed (one or the other) by Jim Abrahams, the dude has a knack. Everyone knows the drill here, you can tell from the movie logo alone, as said the film sends up 'Top Gun' from start to finish whilst including the odd pot shots at various other movies. The difference with this movie unlike newer spoofs was the fact this actually had a proper story and mainly parodied one movie, it wasn't just a collection of silly skits.

The plot isn't entirely scene for scene the same as that Scott movie though, it differs of course but in general much is the same right down to the main soundtrack. Sheen plays the dark haired, good looking, brash young pilot Topper, his arch nemesis is the blonde haired, good looking, by the books Kent (Elwes), and they are both after the frizzy haired Ramada (Golino). I never really understood how Golino got this part because she isn't much of a looker in my view but hey. Other pilots are a cliched bunch highlighted by Jon Cryer as the near blind Pfaffenbach (he has wall-eye vision) but the stand out performer for the movie has to be Lloyd Bridges as Tug Benson. This guy nailed every scene he's in, he clearly knew how to perform comedy and it shows, his visual skills were just as good as his verbal skills. Bridges has to be one of the two best spoof comedy actors ever, the other being Leslie Nielsen.

The best thing about these movies was obviously the humour, some of it was childish, some of it clever and witty, yet at times some was also surprisingly adult. But it wasn't just the easy visual gags that made this hilariously smart, it was the hidden gems, the tiny visual nods n winks that you may have missed the first time around. The film has many (sort of) secret Easter eggs strewn throughout which some folks will pick up and others might not, depending on your country of origin and how much of a movie buff you are. Even now I can read about this flick and find things out I never knew. Of course other than that there are the blatant movie parodies and cheap slapstick gags that cater for all ages, some being very good with excellent levels of detail (Rocky sequence), others just being dumb and maybe even somewhat cringeworthy these days (Superman sequence).

Like most spoofs the movie is a product of its time with many gags, visual or otherwise, referencing issues of the time or current pop culture (of the time). Although this does still work to a degree it has waned over time which is to be expected. Its now very odd to think that Saddam Hussein was once such a threat and iconic to speak. So much time has passed since the 90's and the Gulf War it felt strange watching a movie where Saddam was the villain and parodied, not sure why but I guess because it doesn't seem that long ago and I was a young teen at the time. Its only watching now you realise...holy hummus! it was along time ago! Christ I'm old!

By the predictable finale the movie has well established itself as a solid spoof with some classic moments of comedy no doubt. The jet fighter aerial sequences are a clear montage of real footage, other movie footage and some highly dubious model work, but the film embraces the cheesiness with open arms. At no point does the movie try for spectacular effects, its all hokey as hell and looks like a cartoon, although there are some neat tricks to be seen. Personally I enjoy segments of this, some stuff works really well, others don't, back in the day I kinda felt the same truth be told. For me the movie heavily depended on the brilliance of Bridges' rubber-faced versatility and the small hints of Cryer, but overall its still a highly accurate spoof of the hefty testosterone infused 80's.

'you risked the lives of some damn fine pilots...and that's my job'
½ April 8, 2015
Just ridiculously hilarious. Spot on jokes. Throughly entertained throughout.
½ April 1, 2015
This is no Naked Gun.
March 31, 2015
Can't explain why I love this movie so much. I just rate a comedy movie on how much I laughed. And I laughed the whole running time. Especially at Lloyd Bridges. My freaking stomach hurts every time I watch this. If I have to choose one movie to bring on a lonely island, I would choose Hot Shots.
½ March 9, 2015
This film is brilliantly funny and clever! It was the perfect vehicle for the once terrific Charlie Sheen who is at his side splitting best. His future Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer, Cary Elwes and Lloyd Bridges almost outshine him in their scenes.
January 25, 2015
not as good as the sequel
January 15, 2015
A good spoof that gets better from the middle to the end. Funny characters having their own part. Some great scenes and having not liked Top Gun, this will always be my top gun. This was basically the last of a quality spoof. The aeroplane scene being it's best scene and Lloyd Bridges has never been better.
January 12, 2015
Silly gag fest, but a load of fun as film spoof after film spoof...mainly top gun....are lampooned here.
½ December 7, 2014
Early 90s spoof of the action hero genre, in particular that of Top Gun, with Charlie Sheen in the lead role as Topper Harley.

Taken for what it is, it's also quite amusing!
½ October 16, 2014
Less gay than Top Gun. A
½ September 18, 2014
Funny satirical slapstick on the lines of Airplane! and Naked Gun.
August 31, 2014
Ok, so there are many good flicks, but there is just one perfect movie. And this is it.
½ August 16, 2014
Topper must deal with past demons & save a mission that's been sabotaged.

Hot Shots! succeeds as a hilarious parody of the well known movie, Top Gun but set during the Iraq war.

Topper is called back into The Navy in order to help them destroy some Iraqi nuclear installations and he must contend with rival pilots and a plot within that could jeopardise the mission.

Lots of laughs with some regular comedic actors and many nods to other popular movies aside from Top Gun.
Super Reviewer
½ August 16, 2014
Top Gun takes a turn for the funny in Jim Abrahams' Hot Shots!.Flying in at 80+ minutes of screen time, the comedic spoof of a story manages to keep itself together with all the senseless antics. Much like any other comedy, the humor is hit and miss; however, Hot Shots does manage a good number of laughs, as it should with the constant barrage of senseless comedy written into the script.The brain doesn't have to function at a high level to pick up on the fun. At the same time, a lot of it is easily relatable without having to be high on pop culture.The faces of Charlie Sheen, Valeria Golino, and Cary Elwes, among others, do what they have to do in a film of this caliber. Lloyd Bridges is the star of the show. If there are laughs to be had, it is at his expense.Hot Shots! is a comedic quickie and a relaxing sit through. Nothing more, nothing less.
½ July 23, 2014
Basically the worst spoof imaginable. (First and only viewing - Late teen years)
July 23, 2014
If you think Family Guy throws a lot of jokes at you, try watching Hot Shots!, which I don't think ever went more than 30 seconds without at least one joke. But unfortunately, Hot Shots! felt like it was trying way to hard to be a Mel Brooks movie, except for me, turned out to be a very unfunny parody. The movie is constantly trying to make you laugh, but only made me laugh a couple times. I really don't understand why so many people like this movie.
½ July 18, 2014
I was about to die of over laughing, Charlie Sheen again, The Master of Comedy ...
½ July 17, 2014
A master at work (Abrahams, Proft, et. al.).
½ June 13, 2014
A goofy, but mostly funny spoof movie that has a perfect performance from Charlie Sheen and a script that has enough laughs to satisfy.
½ May 1, 2014
Similar to Airplane's style of humour, expect for many pop culture references and absolute silliness and you'll be sure to enjoy Hot Shots. Cary Elwes also does a great impression of Val Kilmer's Ice Man throughout.
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