Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult (1994)

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Connections: Police Squad!

Frank Drebin is persuaded out of retirement to go undercover in a state prison. There he is to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned for when he escapes. Frank's wife, Jane, is desperate for a baby.. this adds to Frank's problems. A host of celebrities at the Academy awards ceremony are humiliated by Frank as he blunders his way trying to foil Rocco. --TMDb
Review by bluemeanie
Added: April 28, 2007
"Well... We shot a lot of people together. It's been great. But today I retire, so if I do any shooting now, it'll have to be within the confines of my own home. Hopefully, an intruder and not an in-law, like at my bachelor party."

The third and final installment in "The Naked Gun" trilogy is entitled "The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult", and it lets you know from the beginning that it will be the last dance of Lt. Frank Drebin, Police Squad. It is also the first film not directed by co-creator David Zucker. This one is handled by Peter Segal. And this is not reflection on the work of David Zucker or the previous two films, but it was a good change. The third installment is my favorite. Maybe they just needed some new blood to freshen things up. The third film is crackling with energy and humor and relies just as much on subtle intellectual gags as it does the in-your-face slapstick shtick that we have come to love over the years from this series of films. The third film is a different breed of slapstick.

"Uh Raquel, so many go to bed hungry in this nation, yet cat food is full of tuna! I cant help but think each time I go to the zoo and see those porpoises, crammed into those tiny tanks, what a waste that is. Butcher half of them now! That's hundreds of pounds of Dolphin meat that can be fed to our cats, freeing up that tuna for our nations hungry."

The plot is simple: Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) and his partner (George Kennedy) must foil an attempt to blow up the Academy Awards, all masterminded by the sinister Papshmir (Raye Birk) and his thug Rocco (Fred Ward). Frank, newly retired and not ready to go back to work, quits his life as a homemaker and goes undercover one more time and becomes part of Rocco's gang, eventually taking them to the Academy Awards, where Frank must stop the bomb and Rocco for good. Priscilla Presley is back as Frank's now wife, Jane, who can't believe Frank is going back to work with Police Squad and leaves him for a road trip. The showdown at the Academy Awards is one of the best extended comedic sequences in the history of American comedy...it's hysterical. Anna Nicole Smith co-stars as Tanya Peters, and Olympia Dukakis and James Earl Jones as themselves.

"Kinky. But I like my sex the way I play basketball, one on one with as little dribbling as possible."

Maybe the reason I love the third film so much is all of the movie references. When they're announcing the nominees for Best Actress, just listen to the names of the actors and the names of the films. The entire sequence with everyone thinking Frank is Phil Donahue -- the idea that Phil Donahue would ever be presenting at the Academy Awards. There is also the sequence with Frank in prison, where he tries to lead the prison revolt with a stirring speech: "...And this Chateau Le Blanc '68. It's supposed to be served slightly chilled. This is room temperature! What do they think we are? Animals?" This third installment of the series is fresh from a new director and it hits all the right notes. From the opening "The Untouchables" sequence to the end with Frank and Jane gliding down to freedom, part three of the trilogy is the best part: "Oh, I can't keep up with him, mine hurt especially on the long ones. I can't seem to straighten it out, it has no feeling, it's... it's kind of numb. I may have yanked it too much maybe". 10/10.
Tristan #1: Tristan - added 09/25/2008, 10:36 PM
Much much better than the first two. They strayed away from the slapstick and the campiness, and focused more on good lines, and hilarious gags.

Lucid Dreams #2: Lucid Dreams - added 08/08/2010, 12:08 PM
O.J did a good job in this movie, I always wonder why his career didn't go up after this.
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