Picks and Pans Review: Police Academy 5:

updated 04/11/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/11/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT


In a couple of years, when we're up to Police Academy 748: The Ouagadougou Variations, this may seem to be a relatively laugh-packed film. As it is, even if you were the old baseball pitcher Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown, you could count the good jokes on the fingers of your right hand and still have a finger or two left over to point out people dozing in the audience. Steve Guttenberg finally opted out of the series, but the rest of the old cast is back, so Leslie Easterbrook is around to thrust her breasts camera-ward and everybody else does groin humor. The faint outline of a plot has the academy commissioner, George Gaynes, going to Miami Beach to get an award. When there's a bag switch at the airport, he ends up with the loot from a diamond heist, and the rest of the film involves milling about and Three Stooges—like slapstick. Matt McCoy, whose big previous credit was the miniseries Dream West, takes Guttenberg's place as the handsome one and flirts with a listless Janet (The Flamingo Kid) Jones. There are a couple of creditable bits, one involving Michael Winslow's imitation of a Bruce Lee character (though he did the same thing in P.A. 3). Otherwise, director Alan (Private Lessons) Myerson and screenwriter Stephen J. (Family Ties) Curwick appear no more concerned with originality than somebody on a cheese curl production line: Nothing gets more than the slightest hint of a new twist. (PG)

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