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This review is from: The Naked Gun  [DVD]  (DVD)
When all's said and done, this film boils down to one simple fact; if you hate the humour presented by the Zucker brothers and Abrahams then you're simply going to hate this film. If you love the humour then certainly you're going to love the film, but you're probably also going to appreciate the significance of the film in the history of cinematic comedies.
This is more than a film of one-liners and slapstick gags (although lets face it, it is jam packed full of rip tickling jokes) there is also some of the sharpest observational humour around and even then there is room for some memorable spoofing swipes at other films.
There's no real reason to discuss the plot, that is simply a vehicle to hang all the funny situations and brilliant pranks onto, and similarly you can't really criticise any of the cast for their performances as it's really a time to forget acting skills and just give a hammed up pantomime performance.
Leslie Neilson is brilliant in this type of film and although it basically prevented him ever widening his acting horizons (did he actually ever try?) his is the master of his craft in this one. Well supported by a rare old mix of actors including the lovely Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, Ricardo Montalban and even wooden old O.J. Simpson is acceptable in this.
One final point, whilst some films from the 80's have aged horribly badly over the years, this one comes out very well indeed. The fact is, it should actually age very badly indeed (just take the first scene where the world's "tyrants" are gathered round the table) but instead, it this respect, it comes over as a lovely whimsical look back on old times.