Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
USA / English
"Watch out! They've got to clean up the worst crime district in the world. But that's no problem. They're the worst police force in the universe. "When a new gang moves into town it's up to the screwball police team to stop them.
I laughed at this film and I am ashamed...
I feel ashamed and slightly unclean to admit that I actually laughed
heartily at this film. Seventeen times in fact.
I used to get really irritated at the cheesiness and the unsophisticated
comedy of the Police Academy movies. Of particular annoyance in this film
was the bit where the gang smashes up and robs a supermarket, the till
assistant calling after them: "Oh, excuse me, sir, you forgot your stamps."
Because, of course, a cashier in that situation wouldn't say that, and so
all reality is lost. But who cares? Maybe I've just got older and less
likely to worry, but this movie is so bad it's tremendous entertainment.
Peter Van Norden is a particular standout as the gross-out cop who eats
anything, be it cereal with a cat turd in it, or a chocolate bar covered in
ants. The scene where he plays catch with his dog in heavy traffic had me in
The humour is broader and coarser than in the (relatively) understated and
character-based original, but this is funnier. I even cracked up at Michael
Winslow's "badly dubbed Bruce Lee", fresh and amusing here, not so funny
when he did it again in the next four movies. Not only that, but Mauser is
sparkier than Captain Harris.
There is a vague social commentary running through the piece as several of
the senior officers have subtle racist attitudes. As the six academy
graduates are the "heroes", or at least the ones we're supposed to identify
with, then their revenge is a telling blow against blinkered attitudes.
Winslow does his sounds purely for vengeance, while Guttenberg uses a form
of superglue on Art Metrano after he makes a bigoted remark. A Chinese
chef's comment about "you want stir fry?" over a goldfish and some minor gay
jokes might be questionable, but generally this is, at heart, a fairly
Yes, I laughed at a Police Academy movie. Thankfully, the sense of shame and
self-revulsion didn't trouble me for any of the other sequels, all of which
are about as funny as genital herpes. 6/10.
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