A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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?
- In theaters: February 23, 2007
- On DVD or streaming: June 19, 2007
- Cast: Niecy Nash, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
- Director: Robert Ben Garant
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 99 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language and drug use.
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