The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
  • Time: 85 min
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Director: David Zucker
  • Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy


Lt. Frank Drebbin returns to save the day once again. This time he’s out to foil the “big boys” in the energy business. A top scientist (Dr Mainheimer) is about to publish his report on energy supply for the future. Things don’t look good for the traditional suppliers; oil, coal and nuclear. To save their industries, the suppliers kidnap Mainheimer and replace him with a decoy with a more favourable report. Jane, the Dr’s secretary, is Drebbin’s old flame; they’re passionate love affair is thus rekindled.

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  • When it comes to comedy, the original “Naked Gun” is a classic. This sequel may not quite be up to par, it is too short for my tastes and one or two of the gags come so fast you are in danger of missing them, but it is very funny and enjoyable.

    The production values are crisp as usual, with good photography and editing and striking location work. The dialogue is dumb, but in a good way, this is not the dumb humour where it is so stupid you forget to laugh, this is the dumb humour that is silly but still makes you smile and laugh.

    The story is quickly paced and never fails to interest me, while the gags on the whole are superbly timed and there are lots of them. My personal favourites are the wonderful send-up of the pottery scene from Ghost and the headline proclaiming that Elvis is alive and well, also the beginning sets the tone of the film very well. With most of the original cast returning and some new faces along the way, the cast are a delight, and the characters are fun. Leslie Nielson once again gives an inspired performance, and Priscilla Presley and George Kennedy give nice support. Also strong are Robert Goulet(as the villain) and Lloyd Bochner, and seeing Richard Griffiths was fun too.

    All in all, very enjoyable! The movie certainly isn’t as good as the first Naked Gun, but it’s still a lot of fun!

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