Police Academy: Mission to Moscow
Reviewed by Jason Coffman
Rating: 7.5 Beans
he "Police Academy" series has never really been known for generating kind reviews. Dumb, juvenile, and mind-bogglingly predictable, each successive entry in the series has been less entertaining than the last (except, of course, the ones with Bobcat Goldthwait). So when "Mission to Moscow" was announced, you and all your friends thought you knew just what was going to happen.
But the problem with "Mission to Moscow" isn't that it's not bad; oh no, it's just not as entertainingly bad as the other movies. Michael Winslow never does a full-tilt "Pac-Man" impersonation. In fact, he hardly has lines. There's none of the things that could have made this movie a great end to a terrible franchise (well, "great" being a relative term). When the movie didn't end with a stiff Russian police officer saying "Party down, comrades!" my friends and I almost wept.
Where were the stereotypical Russian police who never wanted to have any fun? Where was the loose cannon American who showed them how to do things in their own style? "Mission to Moscow" takes a different route than the things you may have imagined, and ends up not even being so bad it's funny. It's just bad.
The one saving grace in the film is the appearance of Clair Forlani (Brandy Svenning from "Mallrats") in a performance she'd probably love to forget. Jokes that don't work and a depressing lack of annoying sound effects from The Pac-Man Guy make for a rather unenjoyable 80 minutes. The best part truly is when the credits start rolling, and you can stop watching it.
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