Many spoof-comedies simply send-up specific scenes from other movies. How many times has the interrogation scene from "Basic Instinct" been parodied? More than I care to remember. Early ZAZ classics, including the first Naked Gun, managed to avoid that trap by first crafting a structured screenplay before piling on the gags. The third Naked Gun film is very far from the early days of ZAZ, and closely resembles the many uninspired spoofs that have killed the sub-genre.
The DVD features a nice group commentary (with lots of welcoming skewering of the film from it's creators).
The Sperm bank and prison scenes had me howling with laughter, and Anna Nicole Smith had me howling like a wolf in heat. Also catch Raquel Welch at the awards giving an introduction with Leslie Neilsen disguised as Phil Donahue.
This film rocks from beginning to end.
Through much of the movie, you get the feeling the writers were having to reach for some of the gags. Many of the jokes and sight gags this time around felt forced and contrived, whereas in the previous two movies they just flowed right on through. This is not to say that the movie isn't a laugh riot, you just won't laugh as hard this time.
Leslie Nielsen is back as Lt. Frank Drebin, who is now retired and married to Jane (Priscilla Presley). Home life doesn't really suit this bumbling detective. A visit from his old Police Squad buddies gets Frank back into the game, which causes Jane to leave him and go off on a "Thelma and Louise" trip.
Although this movie was meant to be the last "Naked Gun" when it was made in 1994, it's fate was sealed the next year when O.J. Simpson was arrested for murder. Though never a major star in any of the three movies, he was as much a part of them as any of the others.
If you are a "Naked Gun" fan, then you will want to add this movie to complete your collection. If you have never seen one of these movies before, don't start with this one. It is not as good as the other two and you will be disappointed.
This time, we find Frank and his new wife (Priscilla Presley) enjoying wedded bliss, and Frank has decided not to return to the force. However, when his two old comrades (O.J. Simpson and George Kennedy) show up and offer Frank a new case, the offer is too good to resist.
This time, the film plays up everything from "The Great Escape", "Thelma and Louise" and even the Academy Awards ceremony! Nielsen and Presley have a great comedic rapport, and the supporting cast features hilarious turns from such actors as Fred Ward, the late Kathleen Freeman, Anna Nicole Smith, Vanna White, Ellen Greene and Pia Zadora.
The DVD includes commentary by David Zucker, Robert Weiss, Peter Segal and Michael Ewing; as well as the trailer.