Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1984. The Ladd Company, Warner Bros.. Story by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Screenplay by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Hugh Wilson. Cinematography by Michael D. Margulies. Produced by Paul Maslansky. Music by Robert Folk. Production Design by Trevor Williams. Costume Design by Christopher Ryan. Film Editing by Robert Brown, Zach Staenberg.
The milestone series in cinematic idiocy got its start with this inane but admittedly humorous comedy. After the mayor of the city announces that such important factors as gender, weight and intelligence are no longer criteria for admission into the police force, a whole gaggle of idiots and goodhearted fools find themselves working towards their graduation in the academy. The head of the class is a troublemaker (Steve Guttenberg) who applies for admission to avoid a jail sentence for a misdemeanor. There are times when the slapstick silliness actually tickles a rib or two, but they seem to happen more by accident than anything else; the writing and direction are the pits, and the offensive views of all minorities from an eighties point of view are practically intolerable now (like when you go into a gay bar and all the guys are dressed in leather and do the tango).