Hey 3.5 readers.
I used to love these movies as a kid, so I caught the original on Netflix. Have to say, not as funny as an adult though still mildly humorous.
A lot of dated humor. For example, one of the evil cadets calls Officer Hooks, an African American woman with a mousey demeanor and squeaky voice a “dumb jigaboo” which is about as old as a racially derogatory word as you might find.
In response, Officer Hightower, aka super tall and strong football player Bubba Smith, personally picks up the evil cadet’s squad car and turns it over onto the roof. It’s a nice scene, awesome that he stands up for Hooks, especially because the evil Lt. Harris lets him know if he does he’s out of the academy. But he does it anyway, the moral being sometimes you have to stand up for what is right, consequences be damned. Hightower knows his career as an officer will be over, but he must stand up for his friend and put a bully in his place.
Sucks to hear the word “jigaboo” in a movie but cool to see a man stand up for his friend. That was probably the most thought provoking part of an otherwise incredibly dumb movie.
My main takeaway is that I’m getting old. When I was a kid, all these cops seemed like cool adults having fun. Now, they all look like kids to me.
Also, Michael Winslow’s sound effects are awesome.
The second one is actually funnier than the first. I don’t remember the others.
Check them out, 3.5. The first is on netflix.