Rated: PG-13 for double entendres and adult situations. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 18, 1994 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson return for their third go-round in the whacky Naked Gun series.
Police Ltd. Frank Drebin (Nielsen) is retired and enjoys being a househusband, while wife Jane (Presley) is plying her trade as an attorney. He makes homemade cupcakes that he serves with pride to Policeman Ed Hockin (Kennedy) and Norberg (Simpson), who come to coax him out of retirement.
Since the only excitement Drebin sees is in his dreams, he's eager to get back into action. One very funny dream sequence parodies the train station scene from The Untouchables, where Drebin and his partners shoot at terrorists between falling baby carriages.
Drebin goes undercover to prison to get the goods on terrorist Rocco (Fred Ward) who's planning to escape and plant a bomb at the Academy Awards ceremony. He becomes one of the gang, that includes Rocco's mother (Kathleen Freeman) and girlfriend (played by Guess? Jeans model Anna Nichole Smith).
Once at the award show, Frank tries to blend in by becoming part of the show by dancing behind a singing Pia Zadora and disguising himself as Phil Donahue to present an award with Raquel Welch. I laughed out loud for the whole long climax - the real Oscar show should be so entertaining!
The Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker team who first had a hit with Airplane, is right at home with this kind of humor, but without the wonderful Nielsen, it wouldn't be half as funny. He has a serious, distinguished face that makes each stupid action more silly.
Irreverent fast and very funny, The Final Insult has so many hilarious scenes, it's almost dangerous to your health.
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