RENO 911!: MIAMI
Led by the shorts-sporting Lieutenant Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon) the deputies of the Reno Sheriffs Department are invited to attend a law enforcement convention in Miami Beach. When they arrive (after a messy coach trip) they find the convention in a state of emergency, after bioterrorists attack the convention. Now it's up to hapless team of the Reno SD to protect the city. God help the city ....
Review by Louise Keller:
It's mindless, stupid fun... and it works. The successful formula? It's short, sharp and never takes itself too seriously. Never mind if you have never seen the TV series, Reno 911: Miami takes a group of ultra-dumb cops and milks their shortcomings for all their worth. By utilising the fish-out-of-water concept and transporting the team to Miami, writer director Ben Garant finds plenty of comic opportunities for sight gags, one liners and crazy situations. There's a ripple effect to the light-hearted folly, ensuring a mandatory dose of escapist good humour.
Shot in high definition video with hand held camera for much of the time, the film has a documentary feel as we meet each of the characters. Thomas Lennon's Lieutenant Jim Dangle with his blonde streaks, candy-coloured g-string and trademark tiny shorts is the centre of much of the action, as he leads his team of eccentric no-hopers to the law enforcement convention in Miami. 'Why did they invite us? Because they invited everyone...' There are shades of Flying High as the team mans the 911 centre and has trouble working out which phone is ringing. Never mind that they disconnect the phone system when plugging in the popcorn maker. There's a crocodile in a swimming pool (animal disturbance), a beached whale (trouble at topless beach), a stripogram at a party with the mob (noise complaint) and other unlikely scenarios.
There are running gags throughout including one in which Wendi McLendon-Covey's Deputy Clementine Johnson searches desperately to find the tattoo parlour where (in a drunken state) she had a mysterious man's face imprinted on her bosom. The performances including cameos from Danny De Vito and The Rock are fun, and the film is awash with frivolity that requires no concentration or intelligence.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The Reno 911 TV show's popularity is milked here with a straight to cinema frolic that smartly stays under 80 minutes with a series of sketches built around a very loose plot line. The comedy is broad and it's even funny sometimes, though it could use a dose of cinematic Viagra from time to time. But even though it can't keep it up for the entire run time, Reno 911 deserves indulgence by virtue of its honestly forged comedy.
The escapades that this team of clods gets up to includes blowing up a stranded whale, jokes about one of their team being a lesbian, the Lieutenant being gay, and the acting mayor being corrupt. Oh, did I mention the alligator in the swimming pool? Or the SWAT guy with the pin-pulled hand grenade?
With Miami as the backdrop, undressed flesh is everywhere, like at the topless beach ... so the target audience will find itself in familiar territory. If you like your humour without the cerebral bran stuff, Reno 911 is the full fat serve.
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RENO 911!: MIAMI (M)
CAST: Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Mary Birdsong, Paul Rudd, Nick Swardson
PRODUCER: Ben Garant, Danny DeVito, John Landgraf, Michael Shamberg
DIRECTOR: Ben Garant
SCRIPT: Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Joe Kessler
EDITOR: John Refoua
MUSIC: Craig Wedren
RUNNING TIME: 77 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 10, 2007
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