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Reno 911!: Miami (Unrated)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy James Garcia
Mary Birdsong as Deputy Cherisha Kimball
Ben Garant as Deputy Travis Junior
Kerri Kenney as Deputy Trudy Wiegel
Thomas Lennon as Lieutenant Jim Dangle
Wendi McLendon-Covey as Deputy Clementine Johnson
Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams
Cedric Yarbrough as Deputy S. Jones
Lennie Loftin as Chief of Police
Danny DeVito as District Attorney
Marisa Petroro as Drug Lord's Girlfriend
Patton Oswalt as Jeff Spoder
Chris Tallman as Alligator Expert
Paul Rudd as Ethan the Druglord
David Koechner as Sheriff of Aspen
Michael Ian Black as Ron of Ron's Tattoo
Mindy Sterling as Spoder's Mom
Paul Reubens as Sir Terrence

Special Features:
Commentary by Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Thomas Lennon
Commentary by Lt. Dangle, Deputy Junior, Deputy Wiegel and Deputy Williams
Commentary by Deputy Garcia, Deputy Johnson, Deputy Jones and Deputy Kimball
Extended Scenes
Public Service Announcements
Fox Movie Channel Presents: "Reno 911!: Miami" - World Premiere
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Languages
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The story centers on a rag-tag team of Reno cops that are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break. They're not the best, but that's all we got. Based on the successful Comedy Central TV series."

"Reno 911!: Miami (Unrated) is not rated. The theatrical version was rated R for sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language and drug use.

Mini-Review:
If I had to describe "Reno 911!" to the uninitiated, I'd say it was a cross between "COPS" and "Police Academy." And the good news is you don't have to be familiar with the TV series to follow the film. Despite this, fans of the TV show will probably be very happy to see the creators cut loose on the big screen.

Like the TV series, the film a series of skits featuring our inept heroes going from one police call to the next. They're all tied together by the situation that all the police in Miami are quarantined in a hotel at a convention. The humor is overall pretty lowbrow, but I have to admit that I laughed at a lot of it. For example, a couple of the police stop at a call about an alligator in a pool. The result when a 'helpful' neighbor joins in is pretty hilarious. Another scene shows our heroes attempting to handle a noise complaint at a gangsta rap party.

I think one of the things I enjoyed most about the film were the series of cameos sprinkled here and there. In an early scene, The Rock attempts to take charge of the desperate situation. You can imagine how that goes. I was also pleased to see Paul Rudd as Ethan the Druglord. He attempts to act like Scarface, but he has a rather amusing backstory that is revealed at the end. Look for other hilarious cameos by Patton Oswalt as Jeff Spoder, David Koechner as the Sheriff of Aspen, Mindy Sterling as Spoder's Mom, and Paul Reubens as Sir Terrence.

This film is better than "Police Academy," but if you like cop humor or lowbrow humor, "Reno 911!" is definitely for you.

There are a ton of bonus features included on this DVD. There are three commentaries including some with the cast in and out of character. Included among the extended scenes is a significantly longer 'beached whale' scene. Public Service Announcements are also included. These feature our cops rather poorly acting their way through commercials about cell phones in theaters, talking during movies, etc. Rounding things out is the featurette "Fox Movie Channel Presents: 'Reno 911!: Miami' - World Premiere". It shows the cops, in character, appearing at the premiere of the film.

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