By Clint Morris
Going to see a film spin-off of a TV series youâ€™ve never seen is like joining a sports team mid-way through the season, so was I glad to discover that ”Reno 911: Miami” was no less a remake of ”Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach”!
Thatâ€™s a joke, but Iâ€™m not far off the mark. You see, the feature film spawn of the Comedy Centralâ€™s COP spoof is about as original as casting Dennis Hopper in a direct-to-video action movie â€“ and near just as entertaining; but not quite.
The film fixes on a rag-tag team of Reno cops who are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break. Naturally, they screw things up.
The main problem with ”Reno 911!: Miami” isnâ€™t so much that it (and the series it’s based on) is merely a series of unused scenes from bad ”Police Academy” sequels (or an amalgamation of unfilmed sequences from Broken Lizardâ€™s ”Super Troopers” â€“ of which this shares many similarities; sans the â€˜its funnyâ€™ part), but the more so the fact that thereâ€™s just nothing in it. Itâ€™s as hollow as a toilet roll. The jokes are flat; the performances arenâ€™t that amusing and itâ€™s all seemingly been put together so fast-and-on-the-fly that nobodies bothered to wait till they â€˜came up with a good oneâ€™.
The bad news is, the film didnâ€™t make a hell of a lot but it did quadruple itâ€™s $10 million dollar budget, so chances are youâ€™ll be seeing this unfunny bunch of officers back on the beat real soon.
An audio commentary, extended scenes, blooper reel and public service announcements. Also, there’s a “Lost Version” of the film – essentially all the deleted scenes slapped together. A waste of disc space.