Picks and Pans Review: The Naked Truth
updated 08/02/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/02/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
It may not be one of the most important turnabouts in contemporary cinema, but Nielsen's transformation from stolid leading man to the sublimely oblivious cop of The Naked Gun is incontrovertible. You'll never again look at his face and not snicker.
Now that face graces the cover of a pseudoautobiography that, as the cover copy promises, is "Uncensored, Uninhibited, and Totally Made Up!" Whether or not you snicker depends on your desire to see star bios parodied with the same joyous silliness Airplane! applied to disaster movies.
Coauthored by David Fisher, The Naked Truth fires a joke in just about every other sentence, and at least a third hit target. We follow Nielsen through drama studies with Mr. Stanislavsky, his close association with James ("Jimbo") Dean and Hitchcock (who "had a well-known disdain for talented actors, but we always got along well") and his winning the coveted Nobel Prize for Good Acting. While The Naked Truth may not take the coveted Nobel Prize for Good Literature, it will delight anyone who enjoys such lines as "That's not a skylight, that's a big hole in the roof." (Pocket, $20)