27 October 2002 | bob the moo
One weak, stupid pratfall after another
The fine men and women of the Police Academy get seconded to Moscow to help the police there deal with the threat of the Moscow Mafia. Namely one Konstantine Konali who has invented a video game that is sweeping the nation. He plans a sequel that will include a piece of software that will him access to any computer that comes in contact with the game. Can the officers get enough evidence before he succeeds? Meanwhile Lassard gets lost and moves in with a Russian family.
I always feel that when even the support characters start to back out of a film series then you're onto a loser. Surely the fact that even Steve Guttenberg felt he'd had enough by part 4 should have told the makers and the audience that enough was enough. The plot is oh arse, what's the point!!? Imagine all the characters being allowed to get into all sorts of stupid and unlikely situations all in the name of dumb jokes and you'll have an idea of what this is about. The plot of bringing down the Russian mob is only evident at the start and end the rest of it is just one silly pratfall after another. Some of it is amusing I've always found Lassard's innocent wanderings to be pretty funny and the only smile I had was where he wnet off with a Russian family!
None of the cast have anything approaching ambition or drive. They seem happy to be sitting in their cartoon characters for 7 movies! Gaynes is as dopey as ever but I like that. Graf is dead now and it's sad to think this is his legacy. I have seen him in other films and he's OK when he's not just shouting and firing comedy guns. Winslow needs to get a new act does anyone find `the human sound effect' funny anymore? Easterbrook is blonde with large breasts and that's all the film needs her to do. Schlatter makes a weak lead man and is real poor. But wait my God but who are these support actors?
Is that Claire Forlani? Why yes it is, well I suppose she was still at the bottom of her career ladder. Oh no tell me that isn't Ron Perlman, but it was and he just seems content to be in an American movie no matter how bad it is. Worse still is the fact that Christopher Lee is in this at all I know he is having a great spell at the moment but is this how low he sunk at one point?
Overall this has almost no smiles in it never mind laughs of any form. Even die hard fans of the series and idiots who laugh when they see the colour red will struggle with this.