Top 50 Comedy Movies: 41
41. Police Academy
I will probably be taken out and shot for saying this, but, the Police Academy films are a little like the Carry On films. Well, not the films themselves but certainly the fans/haters. People either love them or hate them. Fans of both series get to know the actors and look forward to the next installment of (slightly obvious) humor.
It is nice to see an unsantised and squeaky clean comedy with a little realistic and mass pandering language (ie: There is swearing)
PA is not everyone's cup of tea, and it is deeply entrenched within the 80s and does feature a few instances that could be taken the wrong way (when viewed now) but I liked most of the films as and I liked this one the best.
Police Academy starts off with a new mayor being elected and with that she sets into motion a new police recruiting policy. This policy pretty much accepts everyone, and attracts pretty much everyone.
The new recruits most notably feature:
Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), a gent with a good character but a low tolerance for people with disrespectful interactions. At the start he is working as a parking attendant of sorts when he should be working as a stunt driver..
Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), an awesome noise replicator and all round cool guy.
Eugene Tackleberry (David Graf), a nice enough gun fanatic working as a security guard, who seems permanently set within a military frame of mind.
Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith), a very tall and well built tank who doesn't like violence and is fact quite a shy person.
The first two join up with the police academy to avoid going to jail and it is not too long before they run into Lieutenant Thaddeus Harris (G.W. Bailey), they training officer. Harris hates all the cadets, but most of all he hates the wise cracking Mahoney, who always seems to get one over on him.
Harris' job is to make the training so hard and insulting, that the cadets simply quit rather than get thrown out, the idea was hatched by the chief of police (George R. Robertson), a big opponent to the mayor's new policy on recruits.
Feeling disheartened, Mahoney decides to quit but as he is about to leave a riot breaks out and he attends his first day of work as a police officer as do the other recruits.
A hostage situation occurs during the riot in which all the new recruits play a roll in ending, each of them brings their own unique and previously unknown and unwanted skills to the situation.
The new recruits avoiding jail saw the academy as a way of avoiding jail and didn't take it too seriously but in the end, after the riots, they end up enjoying the work and want to really become police officers.
This could also be down to the one and only person within the police academy that does not hate the Mayor's new recruiting levels, Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) but it is also because the officers found a place where they feel useful and happy.