After several long months of anticipation, I popped in the DVD to Reno 911: Miami, expecting a pretty mindless and entertaining comedy along the lines of the Comedy Central television show. Well, it is mindless at least.
Reno 911: Miami takes the cast and characters of the popular television show and for some reason rips them out of their successful location of Reno and moves them to Miami, where all of the city's police are quarantined in a building due to a biological hazard. The Reno Sheriff Department is forced to take on the whole city of Reno by themselves, and the results are disastrous, both in the movie and to the audience.
I haven't watched the show with religious fervor, but of the episodes I have watched, they're pretty funny. They're simple, goofy and properly spoof "COPS". That being said, Reno 911: Miami lacks everything that made the show what it is: a funny plot, simple scenes and likeably idiotic characters. The screenwriters clearly didn't know how to write a full-length movie (surprisingly, since cop comedies have been around for decades), as I don't think there are enough good jokes here to fill a 20-minute episode. And since the movie is over 80 minutes long (thankfully short), that means the other 60 minutes are either dull or overly crude.
I have nothing wrong with crude jokes - trust me - but it's sad when you see a successful comedy series resort to fart, fat and sex jokes to connect scenes. There is a whole scene that, while a bit amusing, relies completely on multiple masturbation references, and the rest of the movie is littered with overly disappointing toilet humor. Is this what fans of "Reno 911" paid money to see? I don't think so.
As you might expect, most of the funny parts are shown in the previews. The rest is a sloppy piece of storytelling. There's some stupid plot about a drug dealer, but it has to be one of the dumbest and most pointless story arcs ever told. The movie would have been much better had the screenwriters stayed away from a story altogether and just delievered what "Reno 911" does best, and that is piecing together "COPS"-style spoofs of scenes. There is no cohesion to the movie whatsoever, and the fact that its randomness is almost humorless doesn't help.
Reno 911: Miami has its few moments, but overall is a huge disappointment and a waste of time. Even fans shouldn't bother with this one.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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