Friday, 13 March 2015

Police Academy (1984)

Title - Police Academy

Year of release - 1984

Genre - Action/Comedy

Length - 1 hour 36 minutes

Rating - 15

Director - Hugh Wilson

Writer(s) - Neil Israel, Pat Proft and Hugh Wilson

Who is in it? - Steve Guttenberg as Carey Mahoney, Kim Cattrall as Karen Thompson, GW Bailey as Lt. Harris, Bubba Smith as Moses Hightower and Donovan Scott as Leslie Barbara to name a few.

What's it about? - The year is 1984 and the mayoress has removed set personal criteria form the requirements to join the police force. No longer is sex, weight, height and orientation a factor. This now allows for an insurgence of people applying. The Police Academy series follows a select group of misfits in their quest to become police men and women.

The first film of the series follows these misfits in their time at the Police Academy. The main focus is on a petty criminal called Mahoney. Mahoney is busted for criminal damage and as punishment is forced to go to Police Academy. Mahoney initially feels that this isn't the right place for him and he makes it his mission to be thrown out as he is not allowed to quit.

As the classes go by and the training exercises are played out, Mahoney soon realizes that he is actually enjoying the academy and does want to become a police officer.

We are also introduced to the gun maniac Tackelberry, the very tall Hightower, voluptuous Callahan, squeaky Hooks, human beat box and sound effects master Jones and the ever confuzzled Commandant Lassard.

This group become good friends and become the base for the rest of the series of films.

Is it any good? - Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, GW Bailey, Bubba Smith, Donovan Scott, George Gaines, David Graf, Lesley Easterbrook and Michael Winslow create the main cast and are all prefect in their characters. I can not fault them at all.

Why should I watch it? - I will always recommend Police Academy to anyone who wants a good laugh but to see a good film as well.

How do you rate it overall? - 10/10

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