Reno 911!: Miami (20th Century Fox, R)

film_reno_smIn the same way that every kid makes the freshman football team, every police department is invited to the national convention. No one is cut, even if they are likely to accidentally shoot one of their teammates while running drills.

 

 

 

 

The genius of Reno 911!: Miami, based on the hit Comedy Central series, is that it never attempts to present itself as an actual movie. The plot is as unbelievable as any on the show and the majority of the jokes require prior knowledge of the characters and their relationships from having watched at least a few episodes.

film_renoThat being said, Reno 911!: Miami has some hilarious dialogue and situations that could only have been thought up by master comedic actors. The plot of the film is simple: the officers of Reno, Nev., are invited to a national police convention in Miami Beach, Fla. Those familiar with the show will wonder how that could ever happen considering their inabilities and total lack of skill as police. Here is where the previously mentioned genius comes into play: they are invited, as Lieutenant Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon) points out, "because everyone's invited." In the same way that every kid makes the freshman football team, every police department is invited to the national convention. No one is cut, even if they are likely to accidentally shoot one of their teammates while running drills.

Clearly, the Reno police officers have to deal with criminals in their new city; otherwise, it wouldn't be very exciting to watch. But how could that impossible and implausible situation ever come about? What about a bio-terrorist attack that leaves, literally, every other law enforcement team in the country incapacitated and quarantined? Now that the audience has completed suspended disbelief, the Reno police are ready to take on crime in Miami Beach.

The Reno team is out in full force in what is essentially an hour-long episode (barely 84 minutes' running time) that doesn't bleep out the profanity and has pumped up the gratuitous sex and nudity. The sexual tension between Deputy Jones (Cedric Yarbrough) and Deputy Clementine Johnson (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is as strong as ever. Deputy Travis Junior (Ben Garant, who also co-wrote and directed) is, as always, on the lookout for a new Asian lover. And Deputy Trudy Wiegel (Kerri Kenney) is again making us cringe with her cluelessness and offensive behavior.

Like the show, there are plenty of cameos throughout the movie. Patton Oswalt pops up as the acting mayor, Jeff Spoder, giving his usual frumpy, yet funny, performance. Paul Rudd is present, giving the best bad impression of Tony Montana ever captured on film. And everyone's favorite male prostitute, Terry (Nick Swardson), somehow finds his way to Miami and is up to his old tricks.

The bottom line: Reno 911!: Miami is merely an extended episode that will please fans of the show because they get to hear and see everything that is cut out on Comedy Central. There are some jokes that work and will have the audience rolling, and there are some jokes that fall flat on their face. The movie is just like the TV show, except when you go to the theater, you're laughing with more a few more people than just your roommates. | Matthew F. Newlin

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