A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters show perseverance to stop a terrorist bomb going off but there are few consistent positive messages in this silly spoof movie. Nothing is taken seriously by design.
Positive Role Models
Frank Drebin is a hapless but dutiful detective who comes out of retirement to help go undercover for a case. Rocco Dylan is a professional terrorist bomber for hire. He breaks out of prison to attempt a high-profile attack. The detectives at Police Squad are fond of shooting people and a handful of jokes are made about this but not in a way that glorifies their behavior.
In a movie of wall-to-wall gags, stereotypes are often used for swift delivery. Some are lazier than others, such as a Black man's afro being too large to fit through a door in a 1970s flashback. In an outdated gag, a woman is revealed to have a penis, which leads a man to vomit profusely. A feminist character wants to kill men.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of comedic violence that includes gunfights and a prison riot with a character's head being twisted off. It is always comedic and looks unrealistic with no blood or gore. Someone is hit with a car, while another falls over a cliff and is eaten by sharks. A character is maced and tasered after trying to assault someone. A plot involves someone wanting to kill men.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss. Silly innuendo. Character accidentally grabs someone's breasts when shopping for melons. Sperm clinic gag has comically loud and frenzied masturbation behind a closed door. A dominatrix with a whip appears in one scene. While incarcerated, a character wears iron chastity shorts in a "gag" about avoiding being raped.
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Some use of "Oh my god," "what the hell," and "Christ" as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Brands shown include the game Twister, Ragu sauce, and Playboy magazine. The third instalment in the Naked Gun series.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character has a cigarette in their mouth as a gag punchline. Character holds a glass of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult is the third Naked Gun movie -- a spin off from the TV show Police Squad! -- and is thick with gags, innuendo, and slapstick violence. Leslie Nielsen reprises his role of Police Lt. Frank Drebin when he comes out of retirement to prevent a terrorist attack. Nothing is taken seriously with jokes delivered in a light-hearted spirit. However, some of the gags have not aged well, with jokes about police gun violence and others that rely on lazy stereotypes. One particularly iffy transgender joke crosses the line when viewed today. There are plenty of sex jokes about masturbation, bondage, and more. The violence is slapstick and unrealistic, such as a character's head being twisted off during a prison riot. As well as the dated humor, a number of the cultural references may need explaining to younger viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This third Naked Gun movie is the first without David Zucker directing and some of the magic is clearly lost. Nielsen is as charming as ever as the hapless Frank Drebin, but Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult itself feels broad and off brand. While it's nice to see Drebin again, the plot is often sidelined to shoehorn in once-topical gags. The film leans hard into pop culture references, many of which are lost in the decades that have since passed. Watching with teens, parents will not only need to decide whether to explain some of the more suggestive sex jokes, but also decide whether to explain or sometimes even research the irrelevant references to popular early 1990s movies and news stories. For the average quality of the gags, it's not worth the bother.
By no means a comedy classic, Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult still manages to be amusing for most of its short runtime. But by the third act -- a showdown at an awards ceremony complete with fake inserts spoofing other movies -- it's truly run its course. It's almost enough to have wished Frank Drebin had stayed in retirement, but not quite.
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