Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment

1985

Comedy / Crime

31
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 23%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 42%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 44888

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Steve Guttenberg as Carey Mahoney
Colleen Camp as Kirkland
Howard Hesseman as Pete Lassard
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 4 / 10

One of the better sequels by quite some way, but nowhere near as good as the original

The original 'Police Academy' was a good and very entertaining film, it wasn't great and will never be one of my favourite comedies or overall films, but it clearly knew what it wanted to be so it was easy to take it for what it was and what it set out to do.

None of the sequels are up to the same level as the original 'Police Academy', most of them actually being pretty bad or worse and lose what was enjoyable about the original in the first place. 'Police Academy 2' is one of the better sequels by quite some way and one of the just about tolerable ones. Sadly however the drop in quality from the first is quite significant which is what makes it nowhere near as good.

'Police Academy 2' is not without its strengths. The cast mostly do well with what they have. Steve Guttenberg is fun and amiable, and there is enthusiastic support from particularly Michael Winslow, George Gaynes and Bubba Smith. Bobcat Goldthwait's performance is not easy to forget, he gives it his all and while it is a long way from a subtle performance (Goldthwait has never been known for subtlety) he's fun.

While the laughs are too far and between, there are a few funny lines and a couple of scenes that work. The highlight is the shampoo/superglue scene, which is actually pretty hilarious and one of the series' funniest moments. The Bruce Lee imitation is also priceless. The score is catchy and infectious as ever.

Howard Hesseman clearly looks embarrassed however, and no wonder, and Marion Ramsey is let down by that she has little to do and the writers didn't know what to do with her.

Admittedly, there were a few times where the original 'Police Academy' had a few miss moments, the second film has only a few moments that work and the rest misfire. This is due to being poorly timed, feeling laboured and with some abrupt shifts from one to another, parts that are more grossly crude than anything remotely amusing and too much of it has a style of humour that feels far too toned down, which makes the film feel leaden and bland.

Production values look rushed, like there were severe time and budget constraints, while what little there is of the story (most of it close to non-existent rather than thin) is an incredibly lazy-feeling replay. There is also a completely redundant and pointless subplot in the final third that really should have been left on the editing room floor. Most of the script takes the dumbness way too far and some of it is pretty puerile. The direction is as barely there as the story.

In summary, a disappointment compared to the previous film but better than what would come later. 4/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by Uriah43 5 / 10

An Entertaining Sequel

Due to a dramatic escalation in violent crimes within his precinct "Captain Pete Lassard" (Howard Hesseman) turn to his brother "Commandant Lassard" (George Gaynes) at the nearby police academy for help. In turn Commandant Lassard gives him 6 of his best cadets to help out. What Captain Lassard doesn't know is that one of his subordinates by the name of "Lieutenant Mauser" (Art Metrano) is secretly undermining his efforts to correct the problem in the hope of taking over the precinct. Now rather than reveal any more of this movie I will just say that, even though some of the same gags from the previous movie were recycled, it was still an entertaining sequel for the most part. I especially liked the performance of Bobcat Goldthwait (as the gang leader named "Zed") who I thought added another dimension to this film all by himself. Again, while it wasn't a great movie by any means it was still somewhat enjoyable and I have rated it accordingly. Average.

Reviewed by breakdownthatfilm-blogspot-com 5 / 10

More of the same but with extra goofiness

When it comes to sequels, the ability to make it more appealing and better in every way compared to the original that it spawned from is a task many do not accomplish. When a product is made so special, powerful people try to capitalize on it. We all know things do not last forever and for movies, a concept's popularity is only as good as its ticket sales. It really doesn't matter how crafty the script, actors, direction or special effects are, if the movie sells tickets then prepare for another round of what was just made. This particular cycle does not happen all the time, but in most cases it does. The Police Academy (1984) franchise is one of those series during the 80s that was an immediate success. Once Warner Brothers saw the potential, they began making more sequels. The first film, although not high end comedy, did provide a number of laughs because of its cast and ridiculous situations. The continuation of that story is okay but the repetitiveness is starting to rear its ugly head.

With a new script written by Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield who before this had only worked on SNL episodes, they did change some things but a good portion just repeats the same events from the past. Also because it was felt the last film was too crass, TV director Jerry Paris took over the production. The story starts after the first by having six of the original cast members moved to the worst precinct in need of law enforcement thus giving them, their first assignment; ergo the title. The cast members to return to the film are trouble maker Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), silent tough guy Hightower (Bubba Smith), gun-crazy Tackleberry (David Graf), sound effects master Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), clueless Doug Fackler (Bruce Mahler), timid voiced Hooks (Marion Ramsey) and their boneheaded leader Commander Lassard (George Gaynes). Currently in charge of them is Howard Hesseman playing Lassard's younger brother trying to get his act together.

Also under command of Lassard's brother is Lt. Mauser (Art Metrano) who states early on that he looks to have the new recruits fail in order for him to take over the precinct. The gang that terrorizes the city is led by Zed (Bobcat Goldthwait), a split personality type that frequently changes between finishing sentences. For the writing, there are a number of parts that don't work. Since G.W. Bailey did not return Lt. Mauser is basically the substitute fodder for Mahoney and his gang. Plus, his motivations feel out of nowhere. There are also new goofy characters at the precinct, which were most likely created because only some of the original cast returned. This however oversaturates the number of funny characters. Adding too many quirky characters is overwhelming and it doesn't leave much time to develop the new or old characters. There's also no explanation to where the old cast members went - like Mahoney's girlfriend. Speaking of which, this time Tackleberry has one.

Tackleberry's love interest is Kirkland (Colleen Camp) who loves guns just as much as he does. How cliché. Every original cast member gets a new partner that has their own weird habits. Mahoney has a partner (Peter Van Norden) who eats crap,...almost. What is nice to see is the remainder of the original cast. All of whom keep their characters like they were and play off each other well. Even Hightower gets more dialog and that's appreciated. The comedy and gags are mostly okay. There are moments that are repeated but they are mostly the ones people enjoyed in the first film. There are new bits too and that calls upon the newer characters. The comedic parts that aren't acceptable though are some of the homophobic and sexist jokes. Even though Hooks is timid in personality, she still can provide the right help. She did more in the first, but here she just sits at a desk mostly because she's a woman. Wow, nice one screenwriters.

There's also a new character named Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky) who owns a store and constantly unintentionally crosses paths with Zed's gang. Some of those moments are comical to watch too. Cinematography was handled by James Crabe, the same director of photography for Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984). Here Crabe's camera-work is steady and rightfully captures all the funny scenes. Composer Robert Folk returns to score the music to the series and maintains the same theme thankfully. Throughout the rest of the movie, the scenes have what feel like a stock 80s sound to them but that's also a part of what made the first movie fun. Folk's music continues to have the march of snare drum and flutes to give it that military feel even though the police force is not an army. Things could be worse but then again we are only at the first sequel. There are lots more to come and who knows how that'll go. Only one way to find out though.

This is just an average retread of the original. The script is too abundant in new hokey characters and it also doesn't let the originals develop. Plus, there's no reason given as to why some of the originals do not return. There are still some laughs to be had though with the original casts' antics and silly moments. The jokes are thankfully toned down a bit too (some).

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