The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

5.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 5/10

Good opening sequence

Lost the fun and laughs of the first film

Movie Info

Movie Name:  The Naked Gun 33 1/3:  The Final Insult

Studio:  Paramount Pictures

Genre(s):  Comedy

Release Date(s):  March 18, 1994

MPAA Rating:  PG-13


Frank Drebin reminding you: Don’t drop the soap!

Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) has left Police Squad and settled into the life of a husband…but he can’t leave the work behind!  When Ed (George Kennedy) and Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) contact Frank to infiltrate a terrorist ring, it could destroy Frank’s marriage to Jane (Priscilla Presley).  Entering prison and posing as Nick “The Slasher” McGurk, Frank Drebin could face his toughest assignment yet!

Directed by Peter Segal, The Naked Gun 33 1/3 is the final film in The Naked Gun series and followed The Naked Gun 2 1/2:  The Smell of Fear from 1991.  The movie received much less favorable reviews and was the lowest grossing film of the series.


You just couldn’t stick to goofy movies, O.J.

I have slightly favorable feelings toward this movie in that it was a vacation movie.  Going to a movie while on vacation was always something different and I saw this movie in Florida on Spring Break.  Other than this nice memory, the movie is rather blasé.

The jokes of the previous films are repeated and the movie really tries to milk the Academy Awards sequence for jokes by going on and on and on.  It feels like the franchise is pretty tired by this point.  There are some fun jokes, but they aren’t as good as jokes from the first film.


Let’s milk this Academy Awards scene a little longer…

Leslie Nielsen has his shtick down.  At least at this point in his career, he has decent writers.  The movie’s Hollywood theme allows for a ton of Hollywood stars to cameo in the movie.  Now this is film is also known for being O.J. Simpsons’ last role before the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole and Ron Goldman.

The movie has some decent gags and parodies like the great opening of The Untouchables and Battleship Potemkin.  The movie, as a parody, has a kind of cheap look to it.  The movie seems small, but it still seems bigger than the parody movies that have come out in recent years.

The Naked Gun 33 1/3 was fortunately the last entry in the series.  The franchise feels tired and it was fortunate that plans for a fourth film were scrapped.  Because Hollywood is lazy, The Naked Gun might not be dead.  The movie has been tapped for a reboot.

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