Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) Review

Director: Peter Segal

Genre(s): Comedy, Crime

Runtime: 83 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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“Aggressively stupid” is a good way to describe the sense of humor found in the third film of The Naked Gun trilogy (Hell, the whole trio could be explained with that phrase). The zany antics of police officer Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) continue, with the incompetent cop being called upon to infiltrate a gang of terrorists to uncover their next bombing target. Expect a fair amount of groin-related jokes.

As rip-snortingly funny as Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult is, it probably has the loosest plot of the series. Hilarious gags definitely take precedence over tight storytelling here. That being said, the film gets its act together for the last third, which is a very strong sequence, with Leslie Nielsen’s character making a total ass of himself at the bad guys’ bombing target.

This movie is, well, spooftacular, parodying various pieces of popular culture left and right. Yep, the goofy, “politically incorrect” comedy of the first two installments in the franchise is back, and just as ferociously funny as ever. Somehow, lightning has been caught in a bottle for a third time in a row. Cameo appearances are everywhere.

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult is actually my second favorite feature in the trilogy. It feels a tad more memorable than The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991). Fans of dumb-as-dirt humor that’s heavily reliant on slapstick and that sort of thing will want to check this comedy out. It’s non-stop laughs. It’s interesting to note that director Peter Segal’s next movie would be Tommy Boy (1995).

My rating is 9 outta 10.

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