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      Police Academy

      R Released Mar 16, 1984 1h 35m Comedy List
      56% Tomatometer 32 Reviews 64% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings When the mayor of a crime-ridden city loosens the restrictions on entering the police academy in order to get more cops on the street, all manner of oddball characters enlist to join the force. Among the cadets are suave Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), hulking Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith), beautiful Karen Thompson (Kim Cattrall) and sound effects-generating Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), who all have to show initiative and courage when they are faced with tough situations out on patrol. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Police Academy is rude, crude, and proudly sophomoric -- which is either a condemnation or a ringing endorsement, depending on your taste in comedy.

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      Mark Dinning Empire Magazine The Friday The 13th of the comedy genre. Rated: 4/5 Aug 4, 2023 Full Review Rita Kempley Washington Post Police Academy is the most uproarious film to come along in years. You have the right to remain silent, but you can't help bt laugh out loud. Mar 6, 2019 Full Review Bob Thomas Associated Press Police Academy is a dumb-funny movie that succeeds by virtue of sheer invention. Mar 5, 2019 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The movie isn’t really much funnier than its sorry sequels, but it’s the best of the bunch simply by virtue of being fresh (or as fresh as this moldy premise can get). Rated: 2/4 Nov 25, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...somewhat erratic yet mostly affable... Rated: 3/4 Jun 23, 2022 Full Review Sean Collier Box Office Prophets It's a collection of easy laughs, no brain required. Rated: 5/10 Dec 4, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A comedy that has been infamous for 40 years even spawning several sequels Mayor Mary Beal has changed the requirements of the city's police force New recruits would no longer have any restrictions signing up A colorful cast includes Steve Gutenberg, Kim Catrall to name a few This follows along the lines of other spoofs such as Naked Gun and Monty Python with a hint of Stripes So many jokes and visual gags that are part of the every day norm in this world The recruits have to of course face certain scrutiny or face being washed out A lot of this humor wouldn't fly today being more PC but this was a product of the time being what they had to work with It does make for a silly watch though putting a humorous spin on the police force poking at authority The most lively scene has to be the city's rioters since all the recruits are called in The movie is mostly erratic but fun in all the right ways Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/23/24 Full Review Daniel B Undoubtedly one of the greatest film comedies of all time. Yes bits and pieces of it stand out a bit in today's ultra-PC world but the film doesn't have a mean bone in its body. The film and it's brilliant cast want only one thing - to make you laugh. And they'll succeed! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/24 Full Review Archie W A cheesy yet enjoyable comedy and an 80's classic. Doesn't keep up with a lot of similar modern comedies but certainly contains some great humour that you would not find in a movie of this decade. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/13/23 Full Review Mike H Hands down a highlight of 1980's comedy. You absolutely have to suspend reality in order for any of this movie to take place but once you do its a delight. A decent combination of over-the-top (almost eye roll) gags combined with some actual heartfelt moments. A good time overall. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/31/23 Full Review StephenPaul C LOL, the funniest 01 hour: and 35 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/13/23 Full Review Jelisije J An enjoyable police comedy movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When the mayor of a crime-ridden city loosens the restrictions on entering the police academy in order to get more cops on the street, all manner of oddball characters enlist to join the force. Among the cadets are suave Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), hulking Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith), beautiful Karen Thompson (Kim Cattrall) and sound effects-generating Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), who all have to show initiative and courage when they are faced with tough situations out on patrol.
      Director
      Hugh Wilson
      Producer
      Paul Maslansky
      Screenwriter
      Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Hugh Wilson
      Production Co
      Ladd Company, Warner Bros.
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 16, 1984, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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