Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hot Shots!

Released: 1991

Review Date: 12.22.09
Star rating: 4 out of 5

Charlie Sheen (Topper), Cary Elwes (Kent), Valeria Golino (Ramada), Lloyd Bridges (Tug), Kevin Dunn (Block), Jon Cryer (Wash Out), William O'Leary (Dead Meat), Krisy Swanson (Kowalski), Efrem Zimbalist Jr (Wilson).
Topper is a top fighter pilot obsessed with living down his father's disastrous reputation and romancing beautiful psychiatrist Ramada away from rival Kent. At the same time he is trying to carry out a vital military mission. Wrap all of that in spoofs of legendary Hollywood films like Top Gun and 9 1/2 Weeks and you have Hot Shots!

This one kicks off with parody and humor and the laughs just never stop. From slapstick to word-play, sexual innuendo to political puns, spoofs to satire, this one has a laugh for just about everyone. Sure it is campy, silly, and without much of a plot but who cares. This is about the dings, digs, one-liners and punch lines.

Acting was, well, were they really acting? It was great seeing Sheen when he was younger and still honing his skills. And seeing him paired up with Cryer long before Two and a Half Men was enjoyable as well. Bridges delivered the comedy as usual while Elwes and Golino both did a good job supporting.

Camera work, sets and backgrounds were nice and campy with the jokes even extending to background items. Dialogue was silly and campy and exactly what you expect from a film of this type. Sound was decent and effects were fitting.

Overall this is a nice enjoyable comedy that requires absolutely no brain cells to enjoy. If you haven't seen this yet and want a good laugh, check it out! Some adult content so save this for teens and above.

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