Police Academy 3: Back in Training

Released 1986


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Jerry Paris
Police Academy 3: Back in Training is the third installment of the Police Academy series. Containing comedic dialogue and situations, the film follows the adventures of several former Police Academy cadets who are trying to save their old school from being closed down. Due to budget constraints, either Commandant Mauser (Art Metrano) or Commandant Lassard (George Gaines) will see their academy shut down. The Governor announces that the two academies will face each other in a competition to decide who will remain in business. In desperation, Commandant Lassard contacts Sgt. Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), Sgt. Hightower (Bubba Smith) and Sgt. Tackleberry (David Graf) to ask them to help his new recruits learn the ropes. A host of complicated situations ensue, including the unrequited love between a lieutenant and a recruit, a conflict between roommates that threatens the dedication of one newcomer and a series of pranks among the recruits. Police Academy 3: Back in Training was directed by Jerry Paris.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Time Out

    The slim plot is a feeble excuse for a series of set pieces, some of which can be seen coming even before the opening credits roll, and a handful that are genuinely funny.

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Every now and then, there is even a funny line, as when the wife of one officer insists on joining the force herself: "We can wear matching uniforms, share ammo -- everything that ...

  • 0

    Chicago Tribune Rick Kogan

    At its worst, a distasteful series of homophobic, racist and sexist jokes, and otherwise little more than jollies of the most juvenile and locker room sort. [24 Mar 1986, p.5C]

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Slapstick, Crime