Series formulas can be tricky; one wrong move and you're just repeating the beats of the first movie. But "Naked Gun 2½" walks that tightrope with finely-honed skill, and beautifully measures up to the original. At this point, you just need a villain to offer puzzled reactions to Frank Drebin's antics, and Robert Goulet fills that position just right. Even O.J. Simpson, given an expanded role, seems to work. Even though a few of the gags are date (and for some reason, the movie really has it in for Barbara Bush), it still had me in a fit of laughter. The writing's sharp,, the gags are characteristically absurd and it proves once again that Leslie Nielsen reigns supreme.8/10
OMG! I don't even know where to begin on this hilarious sequel to Naked Gun. The first one was immensely funny, and this one too. In the 80s and early 90s, Hollywood got these spoof movies right. Totally hilarious and awesome ( Airplane, Top secret, Hot shots 1 and 2, and the Naked gun movies). In the mid to late 90s, the quality of spoof movies began to slip and lose some of their appeal ( Spy hard, Scary Movie 1). And since 2000, the spoof movies just slid further down to the level of awful. They became painfully stupid, annoying, disturbing, and disgusting ( Scary movies 2,3,4, Disaster movie, Epic movie, Date movie, Meet the spartins) This just shows more examples of how quality in Hollywood has been taking a steady nosedive for some time. Anyway, "Naked Gun 2, smell of fear" is great, and was made when spoofs were still great. It stars Leslie Neilson again as Lt. Frank Drebin with more of his bumbling, amusing, and priceless antics. This time, Drebin is caught up again trying to solve another hot crime with more murders involved. The bad guy, Quentin, is, like in the first film, charming Drebin's woman Presilla Presley with her again blissfully unaware of who the man really is. Again, Drebin tries to convince Presilla that he is no good, and again, Presilla disbelieves Drebin, calling him jealous. This idea was already used in the first film, but it doesn't really matter because it's done again with such style, humor, and wit. It's not about what they're doing but how it's done. And all of the zany terrific jokes inserted along the way is what makes this film such a joy and so funny your sides will hurt. I know my sides have hurt from laughing so hard at this movie. Such a large amount of good jokes, humorous visuals, and wickedly funny lines, just continuously throughout the film.
The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear (1991): Dir: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker / Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Prescilla Presley, Robert Goulet, Richard Griffith, George Kennedy: Hilarious sequel with mock title indicating practical threat. Leslie Nielsen is back as Lieutenant Frank Drebin, lonely after his breakup with Jane. Robert Goulet plays the villain who is courting her. The speaker for national policy for ecology is kidnapped leaving Drebin to investigate. Effective plot with numerous verbal jokes. Directed by Jim Abrahams with Jerry and David Zucker who not only made the original Naked Gun comedy but also Airplane and Top Secret. Nielsen is hilarious torn between work and love. Prescilla Presley as Jane can literally fit inside her fridge. She battles her feelings towards Frank while slowly becoming webbed into a deceitful relationship. Robert Goulet is appropriately sly as a villain who gets his just desserts in the most unexpected way. Richard Griffith plays the naïve Dr. Meinheimer who is kidnapped and subjected to a great sight joke that transpires when Drebin struggles to free himself. Meinheimer's speeches are the thing of hibernation as a seminar discovers. George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson play the sidekicks who assist or blunder the case, whichever comes first. Numerous celebrities appear in cameo including weekend guests from out of town. Score: 9 / 10
Another painful installment of the Naked Gun series. I was not impressed with the first movie but thought I would give the second one a try just in case I missed something. I can't help it, something inside me makes me need to see out the series to the end.I had maybe one or two laugh moments and like maybe one suspense moment but all-in-all another stinker. It was interesting to say the least to see Priscilla Presley in a movie, especially before all the work she has had. Oh and the pottery scene, you know what I am talking about. It was quite possibly one of the most disgusting scenes I have ever seen. I'm glad I watched it cause now I don't have to watch it ever again.