Police Academy (1984)


A group of good-hearted, but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks. (IMDb)
Checks all the boxes for 80s comedies (Stripes, anyone?): homophobia, female exploitation, rape–it’s all there and it’s all played up (unsuccessfully) for laughs. There are a few successful attempts at humour thanks to the misfit troublemaker vs. stingy authority figure dynamic but they’re scattered and the plot provides no substitute momentum (Hooks’ side arc aside: “Don’t move, dirtbag!”). Likeable side characters (gentle Hightower, intense Tackleberry, among others) keep it watchable.
5.5/10 (Poor)


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