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Spy Hard (1996)

Director:
Rick Friedberg

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Spy Hard

RUNNING TIME
82 minutes

Producer:
Rick Friedberg
Doug Draizin
Jeffrey Konvitz
Screenwriter:
Rick Friedberg
Dick Chudnow
Jason Friedberg


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dick Steele - Agent WD-40 Leslie Nielsen
Veronique Ukrinsky - Agent 3,14 Nicollette Sheridan
The Director Charles Durning -
Miss Cheevus Marcia Gay Harden -
Norman Coleman Barry Bostwick -
Kabul John Ales
General Rancor Andy Griffith -
Professor Ukrinsky Elya Baskin -
McCluckey Mason Gamble

 

Review

This was the nail in the coffin for the otherwise successful crazy-comedy sub-genre starring Leslie Nielsen (Airplane!, The Naked Gun trilogy). The formula is the same in this movie, but although the parodies are hit and miss, the jokes aren't well-written enough, resulting in too many cringeworthy moments. Nielsen delivers his usual deadpan persona, which can be funny even without any lines, but he is more weary and less inspired here. Several blockbusters are being parodied, such as Speed (the bus ride), the Die Hard trilogy, and Home Alone (Macaulay Culkin's doppelganger is named McCluckey). Of these, the latter is the best (or least bad), with this quote a highlight: Rancor's henchman: "Here’s for Getting Even With Dad, and here's for My Girl and My Girl 2"; McCluckey: "I wasn’t even in My Girl 2".

Copyright © 26.7.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: © 15.10.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)