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Cops and Robbersons

Cops and Robbersons
Chevy Chase, Dianne Weist, Jack Palance, Robert Davi and David Barry Gray

Rated: PG for partial nudity, obscenities and mild violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 15, 1994 Released by: Columbia TriStar

Chevy Chase plays Norman Robberson, a mild mannered accountant stuck in a mundane job. He gets his kicks by watching reruns of old cop shows. Barnaby Jones, Columbo, and The Mod Squad are his heroes and he dreams of being involved in a spectacular rescue and arrest.

He lives in the suburbs with his wife Helen (Dianne Weist - Parenthood) and three dysfunctional children.

Norman's with of experiencing the excitement of police life comes true when two policemen take over his house in a stakeout. His next door neighbor (Robert Davi) is a counterfeiter and murderer and the crusty, seasoned cop, Lt. Stone (Jack Palance) and his young partner (David Barry Gray) set up surveillance in the bedroom of the youngest child. The young boy is going through a "vampire phase' and sleeps in his toy box, when he's not trying to bite the police on the neck.

The funniest scenes are with Chase who envisions himself one of the cops and decides to help them out. He sneaks a peek into the killer's house and blows the cop's cover with his bumbling antics. Chase is tall and gangly, which makes his falling about funnier.

Although older, Chase is still as wiry and flexible as in his Saturday Night Live days, and the audience still seems to love watching him fall down, smack into things and make a lovable fool out of himself.

The irascible Palance makes a perfect foil to Chase, with his growled dialogue spit out of the side of his mouth, while gripping a cigarette butt between stained teeth. He's grouchy, mean and he carries a gun - and he's the good guy!

Chase and Palance are a funny team and there's enough silly laughs to make this an enjoyable comedy for both kids and adults.

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