Reno 911! Miami
Review by Jack Foley
COMEDY Central’s Cops spoof Reno 911! gets a big screen outing for this hit-and-miss low-brow comedy that really ought to have stayed on the smaller screen.
Thomas Lennon leads a cast of relative unknowns as the impossibly camp leader of a group of inept Reno cops who head to Miami for a national police convention. But when a bio-terrorist attack renders the local police inactive, it’s up to the Reno boys (and girls) to step in with predictably outrageous results.
Ben Garant’s mock-doc sit-com follows a tired but tested formula of placing embarrassing central characters in ‘real’ situations and then letting the cameras roll as they make complete idiots of themselves.
But rather than offering anything sophisticated to rival the likes of British standard-bearer The Office, it’s content to rely on crass jokes and toilet humour that frequently come at the expense of gender and sex.
That’s not to say there aren’t a couple of guilty laughs to be had – most notably during an extended cameo from The Rock and two gags involving a pool-side dwelling crocodile and an exploding beached whale.
But most of the situations feel hopelessly contrived and painfully short on laughs, including an extended masturbation sequence, a running gag involving a tattoo, endless nods to other movies that frequently miss the mark and an extended cameo from the usually reliable Paul Rudd that attempts to parody Scarface with excruciating results.
Fans of the Comedy Central series may find the extended format amusing but you just can’t escape the feeling that this is playing to a very specific audience and struggles to translate to a UK fan base or justify more than 30 minutes of running time. Hence, any chance of broadening the show’s appeal to a wider, possibly global audience, seems very slight indeed.
Running time: 80mins