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Dan Aykroyd must have practiced for months to perfect his Jack Webb inflections for Dragnet. Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz's directorial debut (also written by Mankiewicz, along with Aykroyd, and Alan Zweibel) is a gentle spoof of the legendary '50s television police drama -- pitting '50s conservatism smack up against the attitudes of the '80s. Basically, the film is another 48 Hours or Beverly Hills Cop clone. Aykroyd stars as Joe Friday, the nephew of the original Friday. But with his brown suit, fedora, and lockjaw, he could just as well be the incarnation of Jack Webb. He is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More innocuous than inventive."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Aykroyd and Mr. Hanks play well together, but the funniest performance in the film is that of Dabney Coleman, as the smut king (who lisps)."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It simply doesn't come off, and the viewer will be left with an empty feeling, a vacuous notion that somehow the laugh scenes slipped by unnoticed. They were never really there."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Annoying comedy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Quite a fun take-off of a boring TV show."
‑ Michael Szymanski, Zap2it.com
"Most of the time it's fresh, funny, and surprising."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"The script is a gold mine of one-liners."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Aykroyd's script has more than its share of clever, witty ideas, but the film still feels the need to descend way too often to Police Academy-style heroes-dress-up-like-idiots sequences."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Strident pop-culture revisionism."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
""the interplay of Aykroyd and Hanks makes it worthwhile""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Entertaining enough, but a pity they didn't draft in more of the Eisenhower context."
‑ , Time Out
"It's fun a lot of the time. Several individual shots are hilarious."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Deservedly a critical and box-office fiasco."
‑ , Film4
"A comedy classic, Hanks and Aykroyd are great"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Barely recommendable buddy-cop schtick-fest."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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