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

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September 8, 2014
Drebin is back and so are the gags.
½ September 6, 2014
A Solid Sequel That Still Woks. Leslie Does Such Child-Like Confusion Looks Upon His Face Just Perfectly. Some Cheesy Gags Are Outweighed By The Well-Paced, Quite Witty Story, Which Comments On American Enviro-Politics In A Funny (Cos It's Very True) Manner.
½ August 23, 2014
A very funny sequel. Still holds up.
August 12, 2014
A slight but adequately funny follow up to the original.
Super Reviewer
July 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.
½ July 15, 2014
Decent sequel, especially as far as comedy movies go, as the drop-off in originality and quality is normally quite steep from the original to the first sequel.

Admittedly, not as good as the original, mainly because by now you know what to expect. Plus, it would have been difficult to match the originality and hilarity of the first.

Still, very entertaining and funny. Clever, witty dialogue and good sight-gags. Very quotable.

As with the first movie, great performance by Leslie Nielsen in the lead role. Can't think of too many other comedians or actors who could have pulled off the role. George Kennedy is solid as the straight man to Nielsen's clown
June 24, 2014
"FRANK DREBIN IS BACK! JUST ACCEPT IT"

- 'The Naked Gun 2 1/2 : the Smell of Fear' is a 1991 comedy film directed by David Zucker and forms the second installment of the popular 'The Naked Gun'-trilogy, starring Leslie Nielsen (Scary Movie 3, Spy Hard) as Lt. Frank Drebin. The story is set some time after the events of the first film and deals with the same brilliant humor, jokes and facial expressions. They also did a parody-scene of the movie 'Ghost'. I really love this series. For me this is true comedy. With Priscilla Presley (Dallas), George Kennedy (Intensive Care), O.J. Simpson (Naked Gun series), Robert Goulet (Beetlejuice) and Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter saga).

When a bomb explodes in the office of Dr. Albert Meinheimer (Griffiths), Frank Drebin (Nielsen) is on the case to investigate why someone would want to kill the scientist. To his surprise Meinheimer's assistant is none other than his ex-girlfriend Janes Spencer (Presley). When questioning her, he meets her new boyfriend, Hexagon Oil Executive Quentin Hapsburg (Goulet). Continuing his investigation with the help of his boss Ed Hocken (Kennedy) and officer Nordberg (Simpson) Frank discovers that Hapsburg is behind the assassination attempt!
June 20, 2014
Accident-prone detective Frank Drebin returns in The Smell Of Fear, the sequel to hit The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad. It's hard for sequels to live up to or surpass their predecessors, 2 1/2 doesn't surpass the first but it gets incredibly close and that's highly admirable. Frank Drebin is on a new case involving the attempted murder of a scientist, who then becomes part of a kidnapping plot.

I prefer the original's story involving the Queen coming to visit, it was simply ripe for laughs and it delivered, this second story is less developed but still unloads laugh after laugh, most of which left me in pain from chuckling. Even simple gags like Priscilla Presley crying and wringing her tissue into a bucket filled with tears are laugh out loud, best of all is the crime scene after the bombing, look at the ridiculously over the top placings of the chalk outlines, and Leslie Nielsen's serious tone and facial expressions amongst the madness, this is comedy gold. George Kennedy is outstanding as Detective Captain Ed Hocken, who works alongside Drebin, Kennedy manages to reel out big laughs and never gets left in the shadows behind Nielsen's work. Priscilla Presley is one of the Queen's of slapstick alongside Anna Faris, her falls, slips and trips are usually whilst she's being seductive or explaining some important evidence.

Not a single joke here is out of place, within the first minute I was howling, and I have always said a comedy that can make you laugh almost immediately is a keeper. It'll be interesting to see what Paramount will do with this reboot of this franchise starring Ed Helms, cause he'll sure have his work cut out.
June 15, 2014
Not as great as the first, but still gets plenty of laughs.
½ May 26, 2014
Not as great as the original but its still funny.
May 10, 2014
Another hilarious movie, though not quite up to par with the first Naked Gun movie. The jokes are still overwhelmingly spot on and smartly written, despite the goofy nature of the humor.
April 30, 2014
The second part of this series was equally as hilarious as the 1st part. You can tell right away from the opening scene...poor Barbara Bush! The lobster scene real stands out too! The replay value on this is very high.
February 14, 2014
I think "The Naked Gun" is one of the funniest films of the 1980s. In contrast, the sequel is a disappointment. It has it's high points, Robert Goulet's turn as the villain being one of them, but the humour is more forced here. The rapid fire style of the original is replaced with a lot of laborious set up for jokes that are sometimes quite mediocre. Nielsen has really begun to play more like a comedic actor here, which hurts the basic concept. Not a waste of time by any means, but really a disappointment.
½ January 20, 2014
just as good as the first
December 23, 2013
Not as funny as the original. Leslie Nielsen is still good but found it lacking. 6/10
December 21, 2013
another hilarious oddball comedy from the naked gun trilogy
½ December 15, 2013
This is the second film in the series and there are still a lot of laughs during the movie. Leslie Nielsen is excellent in the lead role again. There are so many jokes that it is alright that not all of them work because there are so many moments that are funny. If you liked the first movie in the series then definitely check out this one.
½ December 6, 2013
Not as hilarious as the first, but still decent enough.
November 13, 2013
The only thing that caught me off guard was how average this slapstick comedy felt.
October 14, 2013
a good sequel. good acting and a solid script.
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