The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Reviews
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
- '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!
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.