Police Academy 6: City Under Siege

1989

Comedy / Crime

19
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 28%
IMDb Rating 4.2 10 24220

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Dean Norris as Cop at Gym
Leslie Easterbrook as Callahan
G.W. Bailey as Harris
Matt McCoy as Nick
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Reviewed by TheOtherFool 4 / 10

Those wacky police officers yet again

'Bad jokes is where I draw the line!' As Hightower says in the 6th adventure of our favorite misfits. This time the story is about a gang (well, there's 3 of them anyway), who keep on robbing juwelry stores and banks along a busroute... but why, and how?! And who is their secret boss?

Oh well, never mind the plot. It's just a filler between the sketches of the heroes and their peculiarities. The strong Hightower, gun crazed Tackleberry, big-breasted Callahan and the rest of them. We all know them from before, and once you've seen one episode, you kinda saw them all.

Weak point of the movie is the absence of Mahoney (the star of the series) and Zed (the funniest). Best scene is when Jones takes on one of the gangmembers in Bruce Lee style. Oh well, I had some laughs, and City Under Siege won't be in my bottom 100. I'd give it 4/10.

Reviewed by s-woodier 1 / 10

Superb piece of cinema.

Police Academy 6 is a fine piece of social comment. It is analytical in it's approach to two sections of modern society on opposing sides and the eternal struggle between them. Director Peter Bonerz goes straight for the jugular in his approach to individuals battling authority,( eg: Hightower breaking the leg on Harris' chair.)However, this battle must also be fought with the demoralised underclass, who have taken to grand theft. These villains are not stereotypical. Peter Bonerz infuses their character with dynamic and spectacular character abilities. Somersaulting bank raids are the order of the day here. Most interesting, however, is the neo- classical manner in which the films villain is unmasked,echoes of nineteenth century pantomime abound. On the whole, a rewarding experience for those of us who have had their fill of unfunny comedy productions.

Reviewed by The_Movie_Cat 3 / 10

Should Have Stopped at Three

City Under Siege is the sixth of the Police Academy movies, a series of satires on modern America almost Swiftian in their subtlety.

To be honest, as a film anorak, I was tempted to give this one a miss, as I hate watching movies out of sequence. Over the years I've possibly seen all of the Academy franchise, but never in order. So coming to this one fresh I felt like I was missing out on all the finely tuned story arcs and character development. Like how did the guy who makes sound effects with his mouth all the time go to just making sound effects quite a lot? And what caused the dizzy, shouty one to change to a dizzy one who sometimes only talks loudly?

As this was made in the tail end of the 80s the dodgy politics that plagued the early ones are thankfully absent, and there's a better atmosphere too. Okay, Steve Guttenberg no longer being in it automatically takes the smugness level down 50%, but years of critical slating have lent humility to the cast. There's a real air of "so bad it's good" playing here, rather than the first few where the actors seemed to genuinely believe they had decent material.

But it's not all positive, and the absence of other cast members is a worry. Didn't there use to be someone funny in Police Academy? Maybe I imagined it. Still, the loss of Bobcat Goldthwait and Tim Kazurinksy is something to be noted, and we're left with a pretty asinine bunch. Possibly the worst is Bruce Mahler as Fackler, an accident-prone cop instigating wearily mistimed and predictable slapstick sequences.

What's great about the Police Academy series is how it unites everyone - the humour is so low-brow that even really thick people don't find it funny. I did get a few ironic laughs at how poor some of it was - like Harris running when his feet are stuck through the bottom of a moving van. Generally, though, it's of the strictly lame variety.

There are people that could make it work - think of Chaplin, Laurel, Lloyd or Allen superglued to a chair and, even though it's a cheap gag, you might laugh. But when it's G.W.Bailey directed by Peter Bonerz you're talking a chuckle vacuum.

There's a scene where the blue-eyed boring one and the silly noises one enter a "Comedy Pub" to quieten it down after a blackout. In a scene of pure wish-fulfilment, Michael Winslow gets on the stage and brings the house down. Yeah, right... if only. His Hendrix impression is good, mind. He gets one of the big finales, too, slugging it out with a villain while he does his "badly dubbed Bruce Lee" schtick. How many times has he done that anyway? Surely even his own mother wasn't laughing at this stage.

However, the semblance of some sort of plot and the presence of three genuine laughs - more than in all the other Police Academy movies stuck together - take this one up to a mighty 3/10.

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