- Emilio Estevez saying the funniest line from a rather dry sequel
"Another Stakeout" was six years in the waiting. After the first film, "Stakeout," made a huge splash at the box office in 1987 (the same year another cop-buddy film came out--can you guess which one?), everyone anticipated an unnecessary--but perhaps funny--sequel that would inevitably result after box office earnings were tallied up by film executives in an office somewhere.
Alas, the six years passed, and we got...this mess?
Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez reprise their roles as stakeout cops who get paired with a new partner in this watered-down sequel. The new partner is played by Rosie O'Donnell, who is so startlingly unfunny in this it almost makes you involuntarily switch off the television as soon as you see her chubby face smiling at you.
The story starts with a bang--literally--as a trial witness being protected by the CIA is unsuccessfully assassinated--and by that I mean: They die, she lives. What a surprise. (This is the type of scene where the villain is able to blow up a house but the witness just happens to be taking a stroll outside as it happens--or something like that--preventing her from dying along with the other agents who were previously protecting her. This type of thing was spoofed greatly in the truly underrated "Last Action Hero." It's not a joke in "Another Stakeout.")
Unfortunately for the United States, the trial witness never returns--she runs away and doesn't let anyone know where she is.
Thank goodness no one's come up with the ideas ONE MORE STAKEOUT, STILL STAKING OUT, or HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A STAKEOUT?
Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez shared some buddy screen magic (not much, but some) in the first visit, but this time around it's complete Dullsville. Emilio's mustache has never looked more glued on, and the make-up job was possibly an inside allegory for this thin plot that doesn't stretch the bounds of creativity set forth by the first installment.
You'll be more entertained signing the house up for a second mortgage.
Directed by John Badham (Stakeout, Saturday Night Live, Short Circuit) made This film. Which is a fine Sequel, it wasn`t a hit like the first film. Still, Dreyfuss and Estevez are in this one, like the Original. This Sequel has funnier situation than the Original. Great fun. Panavision. Grade:A-.