Picks and Pans Review: Naked Gun 33 1/3: the Final Insult

updated 03/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O. J. Simpson, George Kennedy, Fred Ward

Consistently funny in the affable, accessible style of the Abrahams-Zucker farce factory, this chuckle-fest continues the misadventures of Lt. Frank Drebin (Nielsen) of TV's lamented Police Squad.

Nielsen has retired and become a househusband, watching soap operas and baking cupcakes while his wife, Presley, works as a prosecuting attorney. He returns to the force to help his old sidekicks Kennedy and Simpson hunt terrorist-for-hire Ward, who is out to wreak havoc at the Academy Awards. The plot, of course, is really just a superstructure on which to hang sight gags and throwaway lines, this time at the expense of, among others, Spike Lee, Tonya Harding, women who hyphenate their last names and chronically addicted baseball player Steve Howe.

There is no reflexive use of obscenity for humorous or any other purpose. Even the villain, Ward, doesn't call anyone anything worse than "muffin-head." This movie is harmless fun defined. (PG-13)

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