Reno 911!: Miami

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Lowbrow hilarity for adult fans of the TV comedy.
  • R
  • 2007
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

The Reno cops' tale suggests that even if you're completely incompetent, eventually you'll get lucky and save the day.

Violence

Lots of goofy gunplay and cartoonish violence (like a man getting eaten by an alligator and a SWAT officer accidentally blowing himself up during a motivational speech). A drug kingpin fires his machine gun in the air and threatens to torture characters with a weed whacker. In a few cases, blood is shown, but there are no graphic scenes of violence.

Sex

Many sexually crude episodes. In an early scene, almost all of the Reno deputies can be seen masturbating in their motel rooms. When he's not sporting his "short shorts" uniforms, Lt. Dangle wears hammock thongs that reveal his bare butt. A sequence takes place on a topless beach (viewers see various women's breasts). Desperate Trudy asks a wasted Dangle, who's gay, for a "pity f--k" when he obliges, the camera cuts to a couple having sex (nude breasts once again) in the motel room next door. One character, who always looks high and is known for being a gay prostitute on the show, makes lewd references about homosexual sex.

Language

Not a minute goes by without an expletive ("s--t," "dick," "f--k," "f--khead," "N" word, etc.) -- but that's no surprise, considering the number of bleeped words used on the Comedy Central show.

Consumerism

The officers drive Mustang police cars, and there are close-ups of various tourist spots around Miami Beach.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Lots of excessive partying: All of the Reno cops get drunk, and Clem is so hungover she can't remember whose face she had tattooed on her cleavage. There are scenes of the cops doing shots and of partygoers drinking. A drug lord's girlfriend casually snorts cocaine. One officer steals a joint from a perp she's arresting. An underage girl gets so drunk she vomits on one of the cops. (And the list goes on...)

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these cops definitely aren't your typical brave men and women in blue. Like the TV show it's based on, this movie is a raunchy, heavily improvised comedy. The characters may be diverse, but they're equal-opportunity idiots who know very little about enforcing (or upholding, for that matter) the law. The Reno officers love to wield their guns, drink, swear, and talk about sex. Those unfamiliar with the series should keep in mind that the characters are meant to be fumbling, bottom-of-the-barrel iterations of reality-TV cops.

User Reviews

Adult Written bybdgoodies April 9, 2008

funny but only for teens and up

if your teen is fairly mature and likes the show than you should take them to see it...i assure you all the language in this movie, they have heard just as much... Continue reading
Adult Written byelizabeth76 April 9, 2008

DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE

This movie was not very funny at all. Obviously they are running out of ideas that they had to add more nude women. It was also gross that a wale blew up. There... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydavid12 April 9, 2008

nice

nice the movie got balls
Teen, 16 years old Written bypfflyer56 April 9, 2008

pornography

The movie was very humorous but had A LOT of sexually explicit material that was almost the same as pornography. Other than that, it was pretty raunchy, but ok...

What's the story?

In Reno 911!'s big-screen extravaganza, the improv crew responsible for the anything-goes comedy series heads from Nevada to Miami Beach, where the bumbling officers of the Reno Sheriff's Department -- led by Daisy Duke-shorts-loving Lieutenant Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon) -- are barred from a national police convention, so they indulge in a little Miami-flavored debauchery. The next day, the seriously hung-over team learns that the conventioneers have been hit by a bioterrorism attack, and that Dangle and Co. are now literally the only available "trained" law enforcers in all of Miami. That's when the fun of witnessing the inept Reno gang roam Miami's streets begins. Sassy Deputy Raineesha Williams (Niecy Nash) patrolsSouth Beach in a thong, deputies James Garcia (Carlos Alazraqui) and S. Jones (Cedric Yarbrough) have an alligator encounter, and Dangle blows up a beached whale.

Is it any good?

RENO 911!: MIAMI isn't much more than a super-sized episode of the late-night show. The main difference is that instead of blurred images of topless (and bottomless) suspects and bleeped expletives and sexual banter, viewers get the full R-rated experience. The uninitiated may wonder what the fuss is all about, but hardcore Reno! fans will be left hoping for a sequel.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the predominance of reality TV in primetime. Are there programs on the air that that resemble the Reno 911! show-within-a-show? What movies or TV shows provide better, more realistic examples of law-enforcement officials? Older teens should also be able to discuss the many stereotypes depicted in the film. Is it funny to play up stereotypes for laughs? When do you cross the line? What's the appeal of deliberately offensive humor?

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