Wildly uneven and not nearly as funny as it thinks it is.Out of sheer desperation, I picked up a copy of Wrongfully Accused at the video store last week. Then, in an act I'm attributing to momentary lapse of common sense, I rented it, took it home and watched it.
It was funnier than static, but not nearly as interesting.
In this send-up of The Fugitive (primarily, anyways) Leslie Nielsen plays "Lord Of The Violin" Ryan Harrison (Ryan as in Jack Ryan, a role played by Harrison Ford. Get it? Ryan? Harrison? Ryan Harrison? Trust me, you think it's not funny now, but I guarantee you won't find it funny in the movie either). Harrison is accused (wrongfully, one might say) of murdering his lover(Kelly LeBrock)'s husband. Harrison sees that it was, in fact, a one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed person who framed him, and sets out to clear his name. In hot pursuit: Lieutenant Fergus Falls (Richard Crenna, trying some wacky southern accent) and Cass Lake (Melinda McGraw), who may or may not be trying to help out.
Along the way, parodies/spoofs/send-ups of The Lord Of The Dance, Mission Impossible, Titanic, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Baywatch and Charlie's Angels (the latter two being the funniest moments of the film).
I wish Leslie Nielsen would stretch a bit. It's always the same character for him, a bumbler with no comprehension for words. Every role is played exactly the same way as the previous. Granted, it's his own fault for typecasting himself.
What's to like? Um. Well, as I said, the Baywatch and Charlie's Angels bits are the best, and neither of those take up much time in this 90 minute crash-and-burn. The parody genre may not be dead, but after this movie, it's certainly on life support.Stale comedy. Skip it.