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This was one of those silly sexploitation series that I had just never gotten around to checking out, and I'd guess this is likely the best of the lot, with cute girls in shady undercover situations played for laughs.
The leads are attractive and there's a ton of corny humor, but it all sorta worked for me as a casual way to kill an afternoon.
Police Academy inspired film produced almost as many sequels. Aspiring officers in the vice squad take down a prostitution ring. Poor initial effort. Series did get marginally better with Elizabeth Kaitan.
As you can tell from the title and even the font lettering that this is rip-off of "Police Academy"... a low grade rip-off. A REALLY low grade rip-off. Basically take the dumb comedy elements and basic plot of "Police Academy" and mix it with the piss poor production values and bare skin found in the long running "Witchcraft" series and you have this bastard creation and ended up spawning almost as many sequels as the very franchise it was ripping off.
What we get is a bunch of bimbos wearing scantily clad clothing going through Vice Academy training in order become Vice cops. They learn such talents as shooting a gun, kicking guys in the junk and putting on hooker make-up in less than 20 seconds (pimps don't like their bitches waiting!). Our main slutty cops is played by cult actress Linnea Quigley (don't worry, she bares her breasts... she always does) and in her quest to beat her rival Ginger Lynn Allen to make the most arrests, her and her crew made a hasty mistake while busting some porn filmmakers and in order to graduate they have to stay up all night busting hookers to make their quota.
The quality of this production is as low as it gets and it looks like it was made for $2.50. Along with this extremely low budget we get low grade acting to match with some pain inducing dialogue and uninspired directing provided writer/director/producer Rick Sloan. What should you expect from the guy who brought us the unwatchable "Gremlins" rip-off "Hobgoblins"?
"Vice Academy" was made to be a silly B-movie comedy with skin but even as a B-movie I still didn't find it to be "so bad it's good." It actually found it to be more annoying than anything and I ended up groaning in pain at the forced comical moments rather than snickering. People going into this expecting a lot of nudity are also going to be disappointed as there are a few topless scenes but most of the skin is only shown with the women parading around in skanky clothing and lingerie.
They made 6 of these damn things so there is an audience for these films but obviously I am not one of them and in turn found it quite dreadful. Most of the "Police Academy" films were lame and this is a lame rip-off of a lame series which in turn spawned its own lame franchise. I am a fan of B-movies but "Vice Academy" didn't tickle my fancy one iota. To me I just found the whole experience irritating and vexatious, along the same lines as Troma films. Sorry "Vice Academy" fans, this gets a big thumbs down from me. Perhaps some of the sequels improve upon the formula and maybe, just maybe I can force myself to sit through a few
Vice cadets in training contains a handful of laughs and a happy ending to boot. The girls are easy to root for, even spoiled Ginger Lynn. Won USA Network's B-movie award and had their highest late-night cable rating when first aired, so it must be good.
Cheesy 80's slapstick farce. I would give this film no stars but I decided to give it two. One for Ginger Lynn Allen and one for Linnea Quigley. They are the only good thing in this film.