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National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
Starring:
Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopie Goldberg, William Shatner, James Doohan, Bruce Willis, Tim Curry, Kathy Ireland and Jon Lovitz


Rated: PG-13  For some mild obscenities and nudity.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 5, 1993 Released by: New Line Cinema

Loaded Weapon 1 spoofs a number of films, including Basic Instinct, Commando, and Dirty Harry, but mostly zeroes in on the Lethal Weapon series.

There's a meager plot which serves merely to thread the visual jokes together. Policewoman Whoopie Goldberg uncovers a scheme to sell cocaine hidden in Wilderness Girls cookie boxes. Emilio Estevez, who plays a nervous, trigger-happy cop and Samuel L. Jackson, his by-the-book partner (based on the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover characters from Lethal Weapon) are hot on the trail of William Shatner, who's the mastermind behind this heinous crime.

Shatner's Star Trek mate James Doohan (Scotty") also puts in an appearance, along with cameos by Bruce Willis, Tim Curry, model Kathy Ireland and Jon Lovitz.

There are a couple of funny scenes, like the opening when Estevez foils a would-be convenience store holdup by shooting it out with the burglars and completely destroying he place.

Shatner's funny as the pompous psycho, and Jackson plays it straight for laughs. But, the laughs aren't plentiful enough to keep this movie going for almost 90 minutes. Unfortunately, it's not that funny.

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