Director: Robert Ben Garant
Many TV shows have tried to make the jump to the big screen. Few have done it well. Not to say it’s impossible, just that it’s not without it’s difficulties. And, ‘Not without it’s difficulties’ Is perhaps the best thing I can say about this movie.
Bonehead cop comedies are nothing new. The genre is rich with surefire crowd pleasers such as Police Academy and perhaps the finest in recent memory Super Troopers. Then you have… this. Reno 911. A disclaimer should be put here; I have never seen the show. I have no prior ties with the characters, all I know is what is offered on the screen, and what was offered was sub-par at best. Perhaps there were subtle undertones I didn’t pick up. I certainly picked up the masturbation, queer and naked titty jokes. Granted, there was a time when that was enough, but, for better or worse, it just isn’t enough anymore. Many times through the film I caught myself wondering at the millions of dollars spent creating something that, well, doesn’t necessarily have to exist.
The plot involves a “zany” group of stereotypical misfit cops finding themselves in Miami for a convention. After all available police are quarantined due to a virus outbreak the bumbling badges take to the streets.
If you love the show, by all means soak it in on the big screen. Otherwise
you’d be best to avoid this pale imitation of a good cop-medies
that makes 84 minutes seem like two hours.