February 24th, 2007 13:52 EST
Reno 911!: Miami
The hapless goons of the Reno sheriff’s department are heading to Miami; and what a hilarious trip it is. “Reno 911!: Miami,” the feature length version of the Comedy Central series “Reno 911!,” is as crass and wonderfully ridiculous as its television counterpart.
Longtime comedic team Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver are the creators, writers and stars of both the show and the film (Garant also directs the feature). Considering their roots in improvisational comedy, there are a few lulls and very simple plot in the movie. These slow moments, however, make the outlandish ones even more entertaining.
Lt. Jim Dangle, the leader of the pack and played by Lennon, is constantly clad in short shorts and consistently funny. When word arrives that the group has been invited to the National Police Convention, Dangle and his blundering troop of sheriffs make the journey to Miami.
In true “Reno 911!” fashion, once the group arrives, their mission isn’t carried out. They are unable to get into the convention thanks to late registration, or some such mistake. The threat of a bioterrorism attack leaves all police officers attending the convention quarantined. This twist of fate leaves the Reno crew responsible for keeping the beachside city safe.
This is when the film really gets underway, thanks to hysterical vignettes similar in structure to those on the show. Some of the most memorable involve an alligator in a swimming pool, a meeting with series regular Terry, and a party at hip hop mogul Suge Knight’s house.
The sheriffs also have a few run-ins with a slick Miami gangster, a la Scarface, played by Paul Rudd, co-star of films such as “Anchorman” and “40-Year-Old Virgin.” These encounters are intended to further the plot and hopefully give some respect to the Reno squad.
The beauty of both the series and the film is that these people are the most unrespectable group of loons around, and the lack of plot and common sense is what makes them so amusing.
For fans of the series, this film is not to be missed, especially since all of the characters are present with their unflinching political incorrectness front and center. If you don’t typically tune in to the series, though, this film is still funnier than a lot of comedies produced nowadays.
Whether a follower or not, the fact remains: it takes a few brilliant comedians to produce a film this splendidly stupid.
“Reno 911!: Miami” is now in theatres.