Police Academy (1984) - Comedy

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A group of good-hearted, but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey
Length: 96 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 15 out of 167 found boring (8.98%)

One-line Reviews (58)

Switch your brains off and have some entertaining fun .

The result is that we can dismiss movies like "Teachers" as amusing, forgettable failures and move on with our lives, but we must view Police Academy as something far more sinister: a conspiracy to dull the American mind, a reflection of our troubled times, perhaps even the "Final Omen" predicted by Nostradamus or the Seventh Sign spoken of in Revelations.

That being said, the film is really entertaining to watch, and even though it may not be particular funny often, it is nearly always very amusing and enjoyable to watch.

For the uninitiated Police Academy is a rousing comedy, that comes loaded with many funny and memorable characters and it was the starting point for a long-running and prolific series of movies throughout the 80's and into the early 90's.

I liked Steve Guttenberg's character,he mainly what makes this movie so enjoyable and I don't understand why they even carried on with the fhranchise without him.

We've also got Kim Cattrall the rich débutante who's just bored with her life, David Graf who takes the gun/penis dichotomy to the extreme, Bubba Smith the peaceful florist, Bruce Mahler the henpecked husband, and little Marion Ramsey who has voice projection problems and my favorite Michael Winslow the human sound effect machine.

Sexist, racist, homophobic, and just plain boring.

Director Hugh Wilson, who also co-wrote the blithely inane script with Pat Proft and Neal Israel, maintains a snappy pace and an appropriately good-natured tone throughout.

At best they achieve a chuckle, at worst aggravating confusion.

Fortunately the writers have peopled this comedy with some quirky, enjoyable types who will consistently have you laughing.

The best bits feature two redneck recruits called Copeland and Blanks most especially the Blue Oyster Bar scenes and the scene featuring the fence A comedy that is very funny in parts and I'm surprised to have enjoyed it years after seeing it .

But like I said, and it's worth repeating: Don't waste your money!

Here you have a slacker, a bored rich girl, psychopath, a self proclaimed ladies man, a florist, a metabolically challenged person, a person with difficulty expressing herself, a sound affect person.

This leads to the predictable enough development of various oddballs signing up, including trouble maker Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg, in his star making role), former florist Moses Hightower (football star Bubba Smith), vocal sound effects specialist Jones (the hilarious Michael Winslow), meek voiced Hooks (Marion Ramsey), and gung-ho weapons nut Tackleberry (David Graf).

The story and the reactions of the characters are simple and predictable, but maybe just because of that very entertaining and funny.

The story line is inspirational and entertaining with other well written characters that in paradigm make the acting and storyline entertaining with rich humour and some action at the end to provide excitement when they overcome doubt by proving the cynics wrong such as Captain Harris.

I think only the first 2 PA's are worth watching.

That pays for as many ridiculous pointless sequels as they want.

It's methods may be repetitive, but they are consistently amusing, and its broad sense of plot and characters can lead to some absurd but very entertaining situations.

Things aren't always terribly funny, but as was said in the summary, this is an entertaining cast playing police cadets with one quirk or another.

It is boring.

Cheap, dumb, pointless, low budget??

George Gaynes is a hoot and GW Bailey is suitably hard nosed, which provides some entertaining conflict.

There are some funny moments for sure, but for someone born after the 80s, like me, the film is very dated and Hightower is the only engaging character

Some of which most filmgoers would expect because of how predictable the typecasting is.

And c'mon, Robert Folk's marches for this film (heard most prominently at the beginning) should be considered one of Hollywood's most enjoyable themes in the world of movie scoring.

It's a lot of fun but the whole things gets off course a bit boring.

The story wasn't quite ready for the prostate exam scene of part 2, it hadn't quite achieved the comic desperation of the Proctor-in-the-portapotty scene of part 4, and it wasn't at all ready for the soul crushing, life-rejecting abandonment of decency that was the slapstick romp through Moscow's Red Square in part 7, but a observant viewer of the first film might notice that underneath the tasteless racism, offensive caricatures, and tired repetitive humor, the groundwork was being laid for these later atrocities.

Keystone Kops type humour was kept alive and well in the 1980s with this now legendary franchise starter, a sometimes raunchy and often silly but still reasonably engaging comedy that gave birth to six (!

There's no real plot, just a series of events, but the battle of the wits between Bailey and Guttenberg is worth watching.

This is the only Police Academy film worth watching.

It's very funny, and entertaining.

Police Academy is a hilarious movie worth watching over and over again.

Don't waste your time!

It's strung together very loosely and gets boring after a while.

Very stupid, but pretty enjoyable .

Instead the characters are sort of wedged into the script for a few dull laughs where their individual quirks fit best.

Used to laugh all the way through when I was a kid, but re-watching it years later, most of the jokes have lost their punch now either due to them being superseded by much more cynical ones in last 30 years, or the subjects of the jokes became either banal, dated or inappropriate.

Okay, there are some flaws here, such as Mahony getting kicked out for starting a fight, despite the fact that he apparently is unable to get kicked out, but that is just a minor thing in what is a rather enjoyable film that certainly brings back quite a lot of memories.

The characters are still enjoyable, despite being naive; the actors are likeable, friendly faces from the 80's.

This first movie, about a group of good-hearted but incompetent misfits who enter the police academy after the city's mayor allowed for virtually any one to apply, was just one gag after the other, with little or no plot.

The atmosphere, your typical family, naive, 80's thick silly cliché.

Among the Worst Movies of All Time .

Likeable side characters (gentle Hightower, intense Tackleberry, among others) keep it watchable.

The same can't be said for the rest of the series with its over reliance of unsophisticated humour, sex-related jokes and physical comedy which did become repetitive.

Here are my opening two lines again: Police Academy is not only a waste of money, it's a waste of time.

They are pretty much one dimensional and lack depth , but how entertaining they are !

I found this movie to be very entertaining.

Granted, the giddy screwball humor ain't exactly sophisticated, but it's often amusing in its cheerful lighthearted silliness just the same (the Blue Oyster Bar and the climactic riot in which our engaging bunch of kooks' flaws prove to be their secret strengths are especially amusing stuff).

It's FAR from "Worst movies ever " list .

Okay, there are some flaws here, such as Mahony getting kicked out for starting a fight, despite the fact that he apparently is unable to get kicked out, but that is just a minor thing in what is a rather enjoyable film that certainly brings back quite a lot of memories.

boring, to say the least .

Police Academy is still a time pleasing classic comedy that is still enjoyable as time goes on.

Never as funny as I remember from being a child, it's still highly enjoyable and impossible to dislike.

Police Academy is not only a waste of money, it's a waste of time.

The sequel number 2 is watchable , but the series got repetitive and boring very quickly.

It is very boring and not funny.

The guy who does the sounds is really very entertaining.