Wrongfully Accused is only the latest spoof from Leslie Nielsen, the guy who brought you The Naked Gun, The Naked Gun 2.5, The Naked Gun 33.3, and Spy Hard. But unlike those movies, Wrongfully Accused is just pathetically and ridiculously stupid.
Stupid is a hard word to use as a negative in a spoof comedy such as this. All of those movies listed above are stupid, but funny stupid. Wrongfully Accused was stupid stupid. Sure, it had a few redeeming jokes and funny outtakes, but they were nothing we haven't seen in several other Nielsen movies. What's worse is that it wasn't even a good spoof. Wrongfully Accused did have a one-armed man (and a one-legged and one-eyeballed) and Nielsen was wrongfully accused, forced to escape a train (which was one of the funnier parts of the movie), and jump off a dam, but pretty much everything else was just a clutter of random scenes.
Still, as cheesy as the acting is in his other movies, the acting in Wrongfully Accused is just bad. Maybe the actors and actresses thought it funny to sound horrible, but it wasn't. A little more realism in the characters can make spoofs work a lot better. At least there was some good emotion between the two lovers in The Naked Gun, but in here, there's nothing.
If you're out to see a good spoof from Leslie Nielsen, go see The Naked Gun, The Naked Gun 2.5, The Naked Gun 33.3, or Spy Hard. Hell, even go see The Poseidon Adventure where he only has about five minutes in the movie. But whatever you want to watch, you can do better than Wrongfully Accused.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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