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


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

Critics Consensus

Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear delivers a handful of moderate laughs, but overall, its strained antics pale in comparison to its gut-busting predecessor.



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The second in a series of three police detective parody films, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear features the return of Leslie Nielsen to the role of intrepid Los Angeles Police Squad Lieutenant Frank Drebin. This time, Drebin is in Washington, D.C. to investigate a malevolent industrialist (Robert Goulet) who just happens to be the new paramour of Drebin's old flame Jane (Priscilla Presley).


Leslie Nielsen
as Lt. Frank Drebin
Priscilla Presley
as Jane Spencer
George Kennedy
as Ed Hocken
O.J. Simpson
as Nordberg
Robert Goulet
as Quentin Hapsburg
Richard Griffiths
as Dr. Meinheimer/Hacker
Jacqueline Brookes
as Commissioner Anabell Brumford
Anthony James
as Hector Savage
Tim O'Connor
as Fenzwick
Ed Williams
as Ted Olsen
John Roarke
as George Bush
Margery Ross
as Barbara Bush
Peter Van Norden
as John Sununu
Gail Neely
as Winnie Mandela
Vitamin C
as Blues Singer
Sally Rosenblatt
as Mrs. Redmond
Alexander Folk
as Crackhouse Cop
Larry McCormick
as TV Reporter
Cliff Bemis
as Barbecue Dad
D.D. Howard
as Barbecue Mom
William Woodson
as TV Commercial Announcer
Mel Tormé
as Himself
Susan Breslau
as Party Guest
Leslie Maier
as Party Guest
Ron Rosenblatt
as Mr. Redmond
Jennifer Kretchmer
as Barbecue Girl
Ryan Harrison
as Barbecue Boy
David Zucker
as Davy Crockett
Robert Weil
as George Russell
Robert K. Weiss
as Obstetrician
Robert LoCash
as FBI Agent
Burton Zucker
as Lab Technician
Lewis Friedman
as Lab Technician
Bob Reitman
as Lab Technician
Gene Mueller
as Lab Technician
Gino Salomone
as Lab Technician
Robert J. Elisberg
as Lab Technician
Mindy Newborn
as Lab Technician
Jan Campbell
as Lady in Waiting
Wendy Hogan
as Lady in Waiting
Bill Chemerka
as White House Announcer
Christopher J. Keene
as Norm, Institute Guard
Ken Kerman
as Norm, Institute Guard
Al Fann
as Al, Institute Guard
James Gilstrap
as Sam, Blue Note Club Pianist
Weird Al Yankovic
as Police Station Thug
Gina Mastrogiacomo
as Monique De Carlo - Sex Shop Worker
Jeff Wright
as Sex Shop Assistant
C. Lindsay Workman
as Banquet Doorman
John Stevens
as Banquet Butler
Datta V. Gokhale
as Apartment Resident
Charlotte Zucker
as Banquet Lady
Don Pugsley
as Warehouse Thug
Bernardo Marquez
as Mariachi #3
Margarito Mendoza
as Mariachi #4
Lee Terri
as Wheelchair Assault Witness
Manny Perry
as Jock #2
Raynor Scheine
as Explosion Thug #1
John Fleck
as Explosion Thug #2
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  • Sep 23, 2015
    No review last night because I didn't finish watching the movie I started watching the day before yesterday, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, the next review. So, I went back to another of the beloved films of my youth. I already went on this tangent with my last review, how I loved Leslie Nielsen and the Naked Gun trilogy as a child. Sadly, though, this sequel didn't hold up as well as the third one did. Though I would still say that this is a considerably better movie than the third one. I just think that the film is fresher and there's not as much wear and tear from it being the third film in a series that has, literally, been all about the sight gags, the slapstick and silliness. The more you rely on shtick the harder it gets in the long run to maintain a high quality of jokes. If you doubt this, then just look at a series like Family Guy and then get back to me. With that said, however, while the film may not have held up as well as Top Secret, another Zucker/Abraham/Zucker production, it's still a lot of fun to watch. There's a lot of funny gags and a slapstick in the film. Going over them would simply be pointless because there's so many of them and they wouldn't make sense out of context, but, again, if you have any knowledge of the Naked Gun trilogy then you would know pretty much exactly what to expect. I don't think this is bound to be a long review simply because of the fact that I can't go into the actual content of the film itself, there's simply so much stuff thrown out there that this would be the longest review I've ever done if I decided to actually run down the film. And I've written some pretty long and rambling reviews on here, so you can imagine how long it'd be. Anyway, the point is that this is a good film. It's a blast to watch, even if it doesn't hold up as well in the 24 years since its release. Good stuff and I'd still easily recommend it as a Netflix watch.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2014
    A silly sequel about a clumsy cop (Leslie Nielsen) who is seeking redemption and a new start in Washington D.C., but then stumbles into a plot involving corrupt businessman looking to gain power. As is the case with most sequels, this movie is not as good or funny as the first. Sure, it has its moments and hilarious puns and instances of physical humor, but when the script misses, it REALLY misses bad. With that said, it is far from bad, anytime Nielsen on the screen you can pretty much find a reason to laugh just but subtle movements or facial expressions he makes. But he can't rescue this movie from being pretty forgettable in the end.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2012
    While it doesn't have the same level of laughs like the orignal, this still has some decent laughs. However, Leslie Neilsen still maintains his wacky performance as 'Lt. Frank Drebin' shows he is still a master of slapstick comedy.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer

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