The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)

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Critic 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).

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Nielsen combines B-movie earnestness, exuberant mugging, and a trouper's slightly desperate cheerfulness: he turns this rather alarming character into a sweet, ebullient lunatic -- albeit one who's hell on innocent bystanders.

May 6, 2014 | Full Review…

A feeble sequel.

January 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Even if the laugh machine isn't operating at top efficiency, it still cranks out a few choice bits of irreverent lunacy.

January 11, 2008 | Full Review…

The enthusiastic Zucker, Zucker & Abrahams style of movie parody is too rarely seen to prompt much head-shaking about gags that don't work.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The opening and closing credits alone are almost worth the price of admission.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

In the limbo of comedy, few can go lower than Zucker without visibly straining.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

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 Schultz
Dan Schultz

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One of the best sequels of any comedy movie.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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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.

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Samuel Riley

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