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Slap on them tight shorts and take a gander at this RENO 911: MIAMI review!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a look at the RENO 911 movie. The footage I saw at Comic-Con was hilarious and I find myself laughing at the TV spots, even though I have no real love for the show. Every time I go back to the show and give it another chance I find myself disappointed with it, which is weird because I genuinely find the characters funny. I hope the movie rocks and the below review assures me and you that it's a funny movie, although there's a warning that it follows the show's hit and miss formula a bit... Anyway, the spoilers aren't huge, but you'll know more about the movie than you might want to, hence the spoiler tag on the story. Enjoy!

Hey Harry and Mori, I recently caught a screening of “Reno 911: Miami” in NYC at the FOX building. It was pretty cool- the security there is super tight. I even got to see Greta Van Sustren without makeup- she sorta looked like a sock puppet. Anyway, the movie Not much to talk about. It’s funny. Really funny. I know we have “Knocked Up” and “Hot Fuzz” coming up later this year, but this is an excellent appetizer, and in a weaker year, it could easily be the year’s funniest. The rub lies in your feelings of the show, the hit-and-miss ratio of which carries over to the film. Unlike, say, Christopher Guest’s troupe, which I feel comfortable placing them with, the Reno 911 guys gravitate between existing in a world equally cartoonish as their creations and one in which there is real life, a la the show progenitor, “Cops”. The plot follows the troupe as they head to Miami for a police convention, only to be excluded from the building. Unbeknownst to the cops inside, a virus has been let out that quarantines all the cops in the local area, and the only policemen in town end up being the Reno 911 guys. Cue crazy make-‘em-ups. Lots of wacky cameos. Danny DeVito and the Rock have a few early laughs, while Paul Rudd has an extended bit as a Scarface-like Hispanic mob boss who threatens his captives with a weed whacker. Patton Oswalt is the town’s acting mayor, and he has some good cracks as an exasperated dwarf of a man constantly degraded by all around him. The more notable cameos for big comedy fans come from the reunited members of The State, but don’t get excited- they’re all reduced to playing various members of a tattoo parlor, and none of them get anything particularly funny to do in a running b-plot that has no bearing on the main story. One interesting wrinkle to the movie is the R-rating. I suppose they could have maximized their audience and gone for the largely PG-13 crowd that probably makes up its base viewership, but they decided to go for broke, which is excellent. In addition to the expected foul language, this movie’s got quite the collection of boobsies. Perhaps you remember the gag in the trailer with the whale? Well, that happens on a topless beach. Easily my favorite scene from 2007 so far that doesn’t involve a guy with a flaming skull saying, “It’s on!” The tradeoff for all those boobs? Maybe a record number of onscreen masturbation sequences. Not as awesome as it sounds- quite actually the opposite of awesome. Anyway, it’s highly recommended for anyone who even moderately enjoys the show. It’s a great ensemble in that everyone gets their chance to shine, making it a very breezy ninety minutes, give or take the massively long aftercredits sequences. -Fabfunk

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  • Feb. 21, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by brassai2003

    cannot wait for the DVD....zzzzzzz

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Could have been first

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter


  • Feb. 21, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    first beoches!

    by brassai2003

    my first....zzzzzzz....that was anticlimactic

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 7:27 a.m. CST


    by VicSage

    Does Horatio make an appearance?

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST

    but for 5 seconds.

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    well done brassai, but I'm not left-handed either! Prepare to die!

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Other oxymoronic movie titles

    by CTU Mole

    Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Eyes Wide Shut, Back to the Future, Mr. Mom, Night of the Living Dead, Urban Cowboy.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Just bring back

    by trafficguy2000

    The State already!

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by brassai2003

    at dawn Col.? time to remedy the 5 sec. question! This is nothing. being first for a Transformers thread, that's when I'll brag!

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Uncapie

    I guess that plastic surgery she had didn't hold up well over the years. She's also a follower of the great Xenu! Still, they say crazy chicks are good in bed as long as you don't end up with a meat cleaver in your skull in the morning.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Reno 911 clip

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter <p> See you at dawn brassai, you First stealing bi-atch !!!!! :)

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST

    ...guy with a flaming skull saying, “It’s on!

    by Squashua

    So, you're telling me the reviewer enjoyed Ghost Rider? And liked Reno 911 : Miami? Doesn't bode well for Reno.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    The State reunited

    by beamish13

    I was hoping that they'd be utilized in an interesting manner, but I still can't wait to see all 11 of them in this.

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST

    We get it! It's Police Academy for the 21st century

    by Orionsangels

    Haha in just dared to belittle your precious reno 911 can do no wrong show or movie, whateva

  • Feb. 21, 2007, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Reno 911

    by imageburn13

    is worth watching for the comic timing alone. And Trudy is so clueless its hysterical. In one episode she wanders into frame and say "Did I miss anything? I was taking a nap in the back of the squadcar"- The public service announecments are genius as well.