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Reno 911!: Miami
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Not Surprisingly, From The Studio That Didn't Bring You "Idiocracy"
1 stars

A couple of weeks ago, I concluded my review of the reprehensible Eddie Murphy comedy “Norbit” by suggesting that the only person who could possibly walk out of a screening of it with a cheerful smile was Alan Arkin. I would like to add the creators of “Reno 911: Miami” to that list as well. After all, if it wasn’t for the presence of “Norbit,” I suspect that virtually every review of their film would start off by decrying it as the least amusing comedy in recent memory. As it now stands, the film will instead go down as merely the second-worst comedy of the month even though that is pretty much only because it is 30 minutes shorter than “Norbit”–given that extra half-hour, based on the evidence supplied in the other 84 minutes, I have no reason to doubt that this film would have trumped even that one in terms of sheer ineptitude. Watching it is like a Three Stooges festival in which not only is every selected short a Joe Besser vehicle, each one has been digitally altered so that Moe and Larry have been replace with additional Bessers as well.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Comedy Central series–that is, those of you with lives and senses of humor–it is essentially a spoof of “COPS” that follows around the Reno police as they regularly demonstrate that they are even more idiotic, perverted and hair-trigger than the criminals they are supposed to be apprehending. (They need to be reminded that shooting inside of the station is a general no-no and the presence of a chicken in the middle of the road stymies the lot of them.) As the film opens, the entire force goes down to Miami to attend a police convention only to discover that they aren’t on the guest list. After a night of unfunny debauchery, they return to the convention center the next morning to discover that every single cop in the city is stuck under quarantine after a chemical attack. This means, of course, that the seven of them have to solve the case and find an antidote while simultaneously patrolling the entire city in an excuse for a series of sketches that are presumably just like the ones seen on the show with the added novelty of unbleeped vulgarity and unblurred nudity.

I like to think that I have a fairly all-encompassing sense of humor–I can be amused by everything from sly social satire to dumb sight gags as long as they are funny–but not only did I not laugh once during “Reno 911: Miami,” I spent most of the time trying to figure out how anyone could have possibly thought that viewers might find it amusing. Too often, the film seizes on an idea that isn’t very funny the first time around (such as cars smashing into each other or close-ups of the hinders of our heroes as they walk around in distinctly unflattering outfits) and proceeds to repeat it over and over until you are practically begging the film to stop. At other points, the film somehow stumbles upon a promising comedic idea (such as a bit where two of the cops encounter a possibly dead alligator in a swimming pool), they wind up getting smothered by co-creator Ben Garant’s complete inability to stage and execute a scene with anything remotely resembling proper comic timing. As for the performances from the main cast, all of whom have come directly from the show, it is hard to decide what is more depressing–the fact that none of them are funny for even a second or the fact that they clearly seem to think that every single putrid and puerile scene is 24-karat comedy gold instead of the kind of stuff that even the folks at “MAD TV” would discard for being too schticky and juvenile.

Perhaps realizing that the A squad has completely whiffed the job of making viewers laugh, “Reno 911: Miami” tries to save things by bringing in a bunch of celebrity cameos as a kind of comedic relief to the rest of the so-called comedy. Danny DeVito turns up at the beginning as a harried mayor in a dream sequence. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson pops in as a supercop whose attempts to save the day are remarkably short-lived. Paul Rudd drifts in and out as a character meant to be a take-off of Tony Montana, lacking only the subtlety and grace of the original. Finally, Paul Reubens shows up towards the end as the rich and demented father of wacky hustler Nick Swardson. With the exception of Swardson, these are all people who presumably recognize funny material when they see it and it is therefore inexplicable why they would want to squander their talents on something as dismal and unfunny as this. Actually, I think I can explain the Paul Reubens appearance–now when people ask him what was the most shameful and humiliating thing that he ever did in south Florida, he now has a new answer to give them.

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originally posted: 02/23/07 00:25:04
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1/12/08 Dan R. Funny, but I can't believe that this was releasd in theaters. Seems like a straight to DVD 3 stars
7/30/07 Indrid Cold All I know is that I laughed a lot more than I did at the 40 Year Old Virgin. 4 stars
7/17/07 damalc funny, but not much better than watching 3 episodes of the tv show in a row 4 stars
6/20/07 Dark Enchantress the show was better, but was kinda funny 4 stars
3/30/07 Ashley Corpening Has some funny moments. Not as good as Epic Movie. 3 stars
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