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I am a huge fan of Reno911! I remember seeing it in the states and after one episode i was hooked and bought the entire series. This is exactly my kind of humour. Robert ben garant was the guy who wrote for Reno 911 over the years, and also worked on the comedy side of Night at the museum 2.
The comedy is very immature, slapstick, insane and completely controversial. The cops are very thick, have no common sense and thats just what makes it so funny. In the film the team are sent to the miami police convention only to find they have no tickets, and are forced to stay in a run down motel for the remainder of the holiday. When a biological scare hits the convention, the whole police force of miami is trapped inside, and the Reno cops, who are hopeless, have to run Miami getting involved with increasingly wack and unusual situations.
There are a few effects and explosions that are clearly staged, fake and obvious to spot. For example the scene where they blow up a beached whale (yes, it gets that random) has obviously plastic parts explode, and the whale looks like it is clearly fake, made of rubber and plastic.
The camera man "Joe" is actually part of the film, and Robert Ben Garant makes several references to him during the film. He has some dodgey camera work though, almost like he is drunk during the car chases, particulalrly the golf cart chase at the end of them film.
If you dont like smut, then this is not for you. Imagine American Pie but with cops, thats essentially what this is, and actually has similar jokes to the famous American Pie movie series. Hats off to the writers because their jokes were on par but i think the camera guy "joe" and the effects team let them down.
I dont think the storyline was bad but simple adjustments like when the biological scare starts there should be mass panic on the streets or some form of rioting, maybe major law breaking issues but no, they carry on fighting petty crimes, and the whole of Florida is supposed to not know all the cops are inside a dome unable to get out, things like that that make you wonder could it have been improved.
Overall this is a fantastic film and i think the rubbish effects, stupidity, insanity and slapstick is all part of the reno experience, you wont fully understand this film until you have seen the series so i redommend watching at least a few episodes of that to begin with. Series 1 and 2 are avaliable on UK PAL and 3-6 are Region 1 hopefully to be released soon in the UK.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Reno 911 is a little known American comedy show that was quite the hit abroad but has never really gotten an audience over here, presumably because of the cultural differences and the focus on a distinctly American brand of obscure humour. Nevertheless, this film, continuing on from the TV show, is a fun bit of absurdist comedy, even if it is rough around the edges and not in any way really substantial.
The film's opening scene pretty much sets the tone that permeates for the rest of the film: there is a terrorist situation going on in Miami, and so the Reno Sheriff's Department arrive in a helicopter, each kitted out to the nines in a flak jacket and a big machine gun, except for Dep. Clementine Johnson (Wendi McLendon-Covey), who is clad in a very revealing number. It's this kind of scattershot comedy that is either going to make you love or hate Reno, and it's that sort of Marmite film: there isn't that much middle ground.
As a farce that mocks the often inept administration of a police force, it is a winning comedy, although the plot is pretty unfocused so there are a few more instances than I'd like where nothing really happens. There are, however, a few clever cameos, perhaps the best of which is from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who plays a SWAT team version of himself called "The Condor". He shows how to use a grenade properly but messes up and ends up killing himself, rather hilariously.
Far funnier than I expected, Reno isn't a classic but it aptly combines subtlety and slapstick in equal measure. It was ridiculous, but everyone involved seemed to take a light-hearted approach to the film, and this is all the better for it. Improv at its best.
Reno 911 is a mockumentary style comedy show, kind of like the office. It is a parody of the Cops style shows, and follows around the hapless Reno, Nevada Sheriff department.
The show itself is very funny, if you like the office you will like this, but if you are more a fan of scripted comedy or set up style sit-coms this might not be for you.
In the film specifically, the Reno Police find themselves invided to a Police Conference or something like that, in Miami. After the rest of the police at the event find themselves incapacitated, the Reno Seriff's Department are left in charge of the city.
If you like the TV show, of course you will like the film, it is a bit crude in parts, but mostly the humor comes from the stupidity and incompetance of the Reno police department, and their mis-matched team of weirdos.
The DVD comes with lots of extras including multiple commentaries on the movie by the actors whilst in character, which is a nice touch. There are also extended scenes and some fake Public Service Announcements that are in keeping with the style of the show.
This DVD is pretty cheap most places, so it is worth a look at if you are a fan of the show, or are just looking for a new and unique movie or tv show to get in to.
As a fan of the unloved comedy films I often have to delve deeper for my half rubbish flicks. The average person would stop looking at comedies when they had watched the latest Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell film, but this is not enough for me. These people will point me in the direction of new comedy guru Judd Aptow and tell me to watch his cannon of hits such as 'Superbad', 'Knocked Up' and 'The Dewey Cox Story' - yet still I crave more. Therefore, next time you are in HMV and you see that bloke buying three obscure comedies from the offer range it will probably be me. I need my unknown Saturday Night Live tie in films to survive. Without my Adam Sandler's mates movies I would be an empty vessel. Therefore, when I saw 'Reno 911: Miami' to rent, an obscure comedy based on a US TV show I had never heard of, you had me at hello.
Lieutenant Dangle is the leader of a bumbling Sheriffs department in Reno. He and his staff are currently being followed by a documentary show chronicling their work life. Unfortunately the cops are unaware how badly they come across as they are possibly the worst in the country. The department is invited to Miami for the annual Sheriff Departments Conference were they are soon asked to leave. Unfortunately, for those remaining inside, a terrorist attack leaves them all poisoned and unable to leave. Therefore, it is up to the only police still in town to defend the city. Can Dangle and co. hold it together to protect the city and will they discover a cure before its too late?
Having never heard of 'Reno 911', the American TV show in which the film has spun from, I was not too sure of what 'Reno 911: Miami' would be about. Shot in the style of 'Cops' it's an effective way of pocking fun at lazy and incompetent police officers whilst still being a generic comedy. The problem I had with the film was not whether it was funny or not, but the levels of toilet humour. It is the fashion today to try and shock the audience into laughing whilst being crude. Done well it works, but most of the time it's just crass. The best elements of comedy in this film were the relationship between the different characters and not the school boy humour. Slotting topless women into film for laughs hasn't really worked since the sex comedies of the 70s.
If you go beyond the immature sections of 'Miami 911' there is actually a good film here. The film follows so many different characters in so many different situations that a scattergun approach occurs. This means that is one section leaves you cold you only have to wait a minute for the sketch to change. A highlight for me was the scene were they try to push a beached whale back in to the sea, this is gross out humour that works really well.
Another highlight was the relationships between the characters. I was not expecting much in terms of character interaction in a screwball comedy, but I was pleasantly surprised. The film shows its TV roots with the way that the characters interact; luckily the makers have not made it too difficult for new comers to understand what is going on. Thomas Lennon as Lieutenant Dangle is the stand out. Dangle is a gay officer who refuses to wear regulation trousers instead creating his own hot pants from the standard issue trousers. Lennon plays him with some sympathy so he is not outrageously offending to a gay audience. His relationship with Deputy Trudy Weigel is a good one as her crush on him is pretty funny.
Perhaps it is the relative obscurity of the actors playing the police that make the film work. As a group they are pretty average in their abilities, but this gives the film a slightly documentary feel that a polished production would have lacked. Their effectiveness is highlighted by a series of poor star cameos that sully the film. The Rock in particular is bad. The only guest star coming out of the film reputation intact is Paul Rudd who is fast becoming a comedy star to look out for.
With its list of flaws many people will despise 'Miami 911'. It's crude, unpolished, and unfunny in parts - but that's what makes a good rubbish comedy. Look beyond the flaws and you have a film with a heart and some genuine laughs. It's silly nonsense that will entertain someone who likes to laugh at people shooting themselves by accident or impaling themselves within the carcass of a dead whale. I doubt very much that any of the actors on show will go onto bigger things, but I will happily watch their antics again on DVD post pub.
Director: Robert Ben Garant
Price: Amazon uk £4.97
There are some decent extras on the DVD the best being the in character premiere and the in cinema warning that included not shooting your gun inside the theatre.
A rag-tag team of Reno cops are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break. Based on the Comedy Central series.