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Car 54, Where Are You?

Car 54, Where Are You?
Starring:
David Johansen, Al Lewis, John C. McGinley, Rosie O'Donnell, Fran Drescher, Daniel Baldwin and Nipsy Russell


Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: January 28, 1994 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.

Other than The Addams Family, I can't think of another successful movie remake of a classic television sitcom, however, Hollywood-continues to turn them out. It's like the producers sit in a back room somewhere and say to each other, "Let's take this perfectly wholesome amusing little TV show, add some scantily dressed women, dumb jokes and swearing, put it on the big screen, and we'll make a ton of money off it." Well, they forgot that they also need a good story.

Brooklyn citizens have much to fear with Officers Gunther Toody (David Johansen - who also sings under the name of Buster Poindexter) and partner, Leo Shnauzer (Al Lewis) on the job. Shnauzer is retiring because of his age and battle scars that he gets by riding in a patrol car driven by Toody, who pays more attention to the donut he's munching on, than to the road.

Officer Francis Muldoon (John C. McGinley) takes over as Toody's new partner. He's stiff, by-the-book, and hasn't had a date in years until Toody and his wife (Rosie O'Donnell) fix him up with every cop in the precinct.

The main story involves an accountant who turned state's evidence against a mob boss, played by Daniel Baldwin. After two near misses on his life, the Captain (Nipsy Russell) puts Muldoon and Toody in charge of keeping the witness safe until the trial.

With all this acting talent, it's a shame that the script is so lame and unfunny.

Other than the character's names, there's nothing connecting it to its TV counterpart. In this case, they should have changed the names to protect the innocent.

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