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Reno 911!: Miami

Reno 911!: Miami
Danny DeVito, Paul Reubens, Paul Rudd, Robert Ben Garant,
Kerri Kenney-Silver, Niecy Nash and Dwayne Johnson

Rated: R  for sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language and drug use
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: February 23, 2007 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

The bumbling cops from Comedy Central, eight of them to be exact, engage in some raucous dumb fun in the enigmatically-titled Reno 911!: Miami.

Acting vets like Danny DeVito, Paul Reubens ("Pee Wee" Herman) and Paul Rudd appear briefly, letting the sketchy crude comedy proceed with some fish-out-of-water splash in pastel-looking South Beach.

Apparently, fans of the show (entering its fifth season and being run extensively of late) include the Miami Police, Homeland Security, and the E.P.A., not including those devotees of "Jackass."

This goofy lampoon of "Cops" stretches out its small screen silliness to seem longer than its running time as backup will be imperative on a topless beach.

The kind of gags on view include chickens handcuffed and a whale made from wood and neoprene having its gullet erupt.

Hardly deadpan, Reno 911!: Miami starts off with a police convention biologically quarantining the "real" cops. It allows these badge-wearing folks who can't get in, not taken seriously at all, to wax poetic around much tainted adult humor (not much different than seen in films like Super Troopers.)

There is the mystery of a tattooed breast in a plethora of jokes that makes the late-night cable show seem like its on steroids. Robert Ben Garant (Deputy Travis Junior) directs with emphasis on scene shifts, as writing partner Thomas Lennon gets laughs as Lt. Jim Dangle, sporting those tiny blue shorts. Outspoken Deputy Trudy Wiegel (Kerri Kenney-Silver) talks about what a cheap motel means to her.

It's hard to miss Niecy Nash's Deputy Raineesha Williams with her prosthetic "booty", and another notable set piece includes a hip-hop party crashed by our mercurial law-enforcers.

Rudd's "Ethan the Drug Lord" obviously is lifted from Scarface and The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) is good-natured as a SWAT "Condor". The filmmakers indulge in high-definition video to accentuate an "aesthetic realism" that makes the ridiculous and risible dangle breezily in episodic twisted form.

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