In Theaters: Friday 23rd February 2007
Box Office USA: $20.3M
Box Office Worldwide: $20.3M
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Production compaines: 20th Century Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
Fresh: 33 Rotten: 62
IMDB: 5.9 / 10
Director: Robert Ben Garant
Starring: Lennie Loftin as Chief of Police, Danny DeVito as District Attorney, Ben Garant as Deputy Travis Junior, Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy James Garcia, Mary Birdsong as Deputy Cherisha Kimball, Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams, Wendi McLendon-Covey as Deputy Clementine Johnson, Cedric Yarbrough as Deputy S. Jones, David Koechner as Sheriff of Aspen, Brandon Molale as Kevlar Guy, Alejandra Gutierrez as Miss Acapulco, Patton Oswalt as Jeff Spoder, Toby Huss as Glen the Desk Clerk, Ian Roberts as Captain Rogers, DHS, Dave Holmes as Persnickety Desk Worker, Kerri Kenney-Silver as Deputy Trudy Wiegel, Thomas Lennon as Lieutenant Jim Dangle, Joe Lo Truglio as Tattoo Shop Owner #2
In Miami, all of the familiar bungling deputies from the TV show are part of the action, along with their hang-ups. Led by the short-shorts wearing Lieutenant Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon), the inept Washoe County Sheriff's Department is "invited" to attend a national law enforcement convention in South Florida. But when the gang arrives, they quickly find themselves outclassed and left out of the convention's festivities. When a biohazard chemical is released at the convention, quarantining the nation's police force, Dangle and Company are the only uncontaminated law enforcement officers available to keep the streets of Miami safe.
Say your prayers, Miami! The deputies can't even figure out how to answer calls at the city's 911 dispatch center. And once they finally do, they then have trouble getting the high-tech police squad cars moving. In the field, Deputies Travis Junior (Robert Ben Garant) and James Garcia (Carlos Alazraqui) use a tourist map to find an animal disturbance call while Deputies Raineesha Williams (Niecy Nash) and Trudy Wiegal (Kerri Kenney) patrol the beach in their undersized bathing suits. These events work, largely because they follow the television show's proven format. But the Cops-like police segments are quickly dropped in favor of cumbersome sexual exploits that detract from the story at hand. The well endowed Deputy Clementine Johnson (Wendi McLendon-Covey) spends the entire movie on an exhaustive search for the tattoo parlor responsible for inking her breast.
At just over 80 minutes, Miami may seem like the appropriate length for a big screen version of a 30-minute television satire. Yet, the movie drags on seemingly forever and replays the same demonstrations of vulgarity over and over and over again. Each subsequent scene tries to outdo the shock-factor of the previous. At one point, half the squad is on display masturbating in their hotel rooms! This isn't funny; this isn't what makes Reno 911! amusing on television. It's very apparent that Miami's creators were so caught up in the fact that they could show all of the stuff that gets censored from the television show that they lost sight of the show's true character. Didn't the Police Academy folks already wear out this city, anyway? Yikes.
But, just because you can tweak the show's formula for the big screen, doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. What's most unfortunate is that Miami could have worked as a successful vehicle to reel in a larger audience for the significantly better cable show. As it stands, this failed big screen stunt just leaves more distaste long after the final credits roll.
I specifically asked for no salt, no salt!