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Reno 911!: Miami Joyfully Ridiculous

Published February 22, 2007 in Movie Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox.
Reno 911!: Miami Poster Reno 911!: Miami
I never watched Reno 911 on TV, which is odd because I'm such a Comedy Central whore. I Tivo The Daily Show and The Colbert Report because I hate to miss it, even if the news is weeks old when I finally get around to it. But a spoof of Cops never appealed to me.

Movie Review: Reno 911!: Miami

Forced to watch a movie though, I was happy to get some silly laughs. The joyfully ridiculous premise has the entire Miami police force quarantined at a police convention. Only the Reno cops who were out late partying the night before are available to police the city.

Right from the beginning I knew I'd have something to laugh about. The opening dream sequence is an observant action movie spoof with the big building, talk of nukes, SWAT teams and official looking men screaming orders. Throwing in a joke about shaving a pageant contestant is just what the scenario needed.

The rest of the film takes place in the real world, not in a movie spoof. The Reno cops are bona fide idiots and they cause the hilarity of the situations. There's no poking fun at real world scenarios. It's poking fun at the doofs who make everything worse than it needs to be.

The proudly puerile antics include plenty of dick and poop jokes. The film revels in obscenity as characters talk about suckfests and other phrases I forgot to write down. The immature violence is also a treat as people get shot with abandon and things blow up with messy consequences.

A particularly elaborate gag involving hotel room windows pays off beautifully. None of it is sophisticated comedy theory. It just works on the base level of stupidity. As highfalutin as I can be about my satire sometimes, even I can get into some shameless idiocy.

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