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Reno 911!: Miami
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by U.J. Lessing

"I see "The Naked Trucker and T-Bone: The Movie" on the horizon"
2 stars

A bit of a disappointment, but it has its moments. “Reno 911!: Miami” takes Comedy Central’s farce about incompetent cops and transplants the characters to a new environment where they battle Miami’s criminal element; The result is mixed. The improvisation from this excellent ensemble is sharp, but the new location and R-rated humor work against them, and while “Reno 911!: Miami” contains genuinely funny scenes, there just isn’t enough bang for any ticket purchaser’s buck.

The television show “Reno 911!” is a great satire of Fox’s long-running “Cops.” When you watch “Cops,” you’re watching disciplined professional men and women dealing with human beings who have lost their grip on reason. When you watch “Reno 911!” you’re watching police officers that are just as crazy as the nuts they claim they are serving and protecting.

Each member of the Washoe County Sheriff's Department offers their own brand of insanity. Lieutenant Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon) manages to lead the group while wearing shorts that would be too small on an 8-year-old child. Deputy Travis Junior (Robert Ben Garant) joined the police as an excuse to wear mirror glasses, a bullet-proof-vest and a mustache all the time. Deputy Clementine Johnson (Wendi McLendon-Covey) fights crime with her sex appeal and cleavage. Deputy Raineesha Williams (Niecy Nash) has a brashness that is only matched by her enormous posterior. Deputy S. Jones (Cedric Yarbrough) is the smooth one who thinks he’s quite handy with the ladies. Deputy James Oswaldo Garcia (Carlos Alazraqui) struggles with constipation and racism. Only Deputy Cheresa Kimball (Mary Birdsong) has any semblance of competency.

My personal favorite is Deputy Trudy Weigel (Kerri Kenney-Silver). Her poor self-confidence and emotional instability are both overshadowed by her lack of any discernable intelligence. The combination of social indiscretion, ridiculous demeanor, and child-like innocence are oddly charming.

Unfortunately, one of the most important elements in the show has very little screen time in “Reno 911!: Miami,”: the city of Reno, Nevada. Its bland desert mediocrity has been replaced with the flashy sun-drenched streets of Miami, Florida. The team travels to the sunshine state for a national law enforcement convention, but due to Weigel’s incompetence, the team arrives sans passes and hotel rooms.

But when a bio-terrorist attack traps all of Miami’s police officers inside the convention center, the safety of the city is placed in the hands of the Reno police officers. The team takes on beached whales, dead crocodiles, mobsters right out of “Miami Vice” and eventually the terrorists themselves.

The problem is that in order to sustain a feature-length film, the plot stops parodying “Cops” in favor of general lunacy. The “R” rating allows the humor to get a bit cruder, but gratuitous nudity and sexuality don’t really offer anything new.

This film may have some laughs, but ultimately “Reno:911!: Miami” proves that this is a franchise better suited for television. For roughly the price of two movie tickets, you could purchase the entire first season of “Reno 911!” on DVD. Spend your money wisely.

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User Comments

1/13/08 Dan R. Funny, but I can't believe that this was releasd in theaters. Seems like a straight to DVD 3 stars
7/31/07 Indrid Cold All I know is that I laughed a lot more than I did at the 40 Year Old Virgin. 4 stars
7/18/07 damalc funny, but not much better than watching 3 episodes of the tv show in a row 4 stars
6/21/07 Dark Enchantress the show was better, but was kinda funny 4 stars
3/30/07 Ashley Corpening Has some funny moments. Not as good as Epic Movie. 3 stars
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