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).
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Comedy
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Studio:
Paramount

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Cast

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
Lloyd Bochner
as Baggett
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
Zsa Zsa Gabor
as Herself
Susan Breslau
as Party Guest
Leslie Maier
as Party Guest
Ron Rosenblatt
as Mr. Redmond
Christopher Keene
as "Hey Ken, Al! Look what I found."
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
Tom McGreevey
as Waiter
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
Alex Zimmerman
as Jock #3
Raynor Scheine
as Explosion Thug #1
John Fleck
as Explosion Thug #2
Don McLeod
as Gorilla
Robert Weiss
as Obstetrician
Colleen Fitzpatrick
as Blues Singer
'Weird Al' Yankovic
as Police Station Thug
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Critic Reviews for The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

A feeble sequel.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

One of the best sequels of any comedy movie.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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 Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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