Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Another 48 HRs (1990)

Not Quite a Beverly Hills Cop Movie (Please click the link to read my review of 48 HRs)

Synopsis:  The boys are back in milk a tired franchise and ruin our memories of a pretty good action-comedy-thriller.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: "Here they go again. Only faster. And tougher. Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) and Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) return in the smash sequel that's 'better than the first!' (Pat Collins, WWOR-TV)."

What Did I Learn?: If you've angered somebody enough that you're seriously concerned he may hit you, it's not a great idea to share information about recent personal injuries.

Really?: Man, where do I begin? I could point out any number of obvious plot holes, but let me say that: a) I had a hard time believing the biggest drug dealer in the San Francisco/Oakland area has a shitty day job, b) it's amazing how Reggie's buddy in the slammer (Bernie Casey) seems to know everything, c) I'm not sure how Cates could keep going after getting shot in the shoulder (or how Reggie could walk away from that bus without a scratch), and d) I had no idea revolvers could fire 20-odd shots without re-loading.

Rating: Ugh. Another 48 HRs is just plain awful; the plot makes absolutely no sense, and the film seems more like a tired remake of the original 48 HRs (right down to Eddie singing "Roxanne" one more time) than an actual sequel. The worst problem, however, involves the leads: while Nolte and Murphy shared some genuine chemistry in the first film, neither man is even remotely funny this time around, and their juvenile back-and-forth becomes tiresome. I cannot recommend this movie. 4/10 stars.

Would It Work For a Bad Movie Night?: Take a drink every time Reggie says something along the lines of "I'm done with you!", and every time Jack sasses a fellow police officer.

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