Thursday, March 01, 2007

Movies: Reno 911!: Miami

• Deputies Trudy Wiegel and Raineesha Williams on the beach. Who could resist?

Genres: Comedy, TV adaptation
Director: Robert Ben Garant
Cast: Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Mary Birdsong, Paul Rudd
Verdict: &&&

The gang from Reno 911! heads to Miami for a major law enforcement convention and sordid getaway to find that they haven't been registered and have no reservations. Determined to salvage the trip, they check into the seedy International Inn. "This hotel," muses bipolar Deputy Trudy Wiegel, "is the kind of place you'd come for a good, old-fashioned rapin.' " This funny adaptation features the inept cast of characters of the cable comedy that often feels like an episode of Cops re-imagined as darker, funnier SNL skits and set in the land of gambling and prostitution ("like Mayberry, except everyone's on meth," observes Deputy Travis Junior). When a biological terrorism incident (or some such) causes everyone else to be trapped inside the convention, the Reno crew is called into action to patrol Miami. Many of the funniest bits, however, revolve around racy antics at the International Inn, where Wiegel tries to seduce uninterested, short-shorts wearing Lt. Jim Dangle. The plot wears thin at times, but you don't come to this for plot, and it's far more fun than the crappy fright flick of the week (that means you, The Number 23). // Flags // Heed the R rating.

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