The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

Released 1991


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David Zucker
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear is the second laugh out loud installment in the hilarious franchise from Paramount Studios. Back is Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen, Forbidden Planet, Creepshow) Police Squad, as the intrepid detective who gets results and drives his boss crazy. Since the first film, Drebin has parted company with his beloved Jane (Priscilla Presley, Elvis's former wife) who has now taken up with her suave boss Quentin Hapsburg (singer Robert Goulet, Beetlejuice), owner of a large corporation Drebin finds is doing shady dealings in order to keep oil as American's primary source of fuel. As he works to get Jane back from Hapsburg's oily clutches, Drebin, along with his comedic cohorts Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) and Ed (George Kennedy, The Dirty Dozen) try to thwart Hapsburg's plan to discredit the findings of a crippled scientist, Dr. Meinheimer (Richard Griffiths, Sleepy Hollow) that would put Hapsburg's company out of business.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    My only complaint about Naked Gun 2 1/2 is that it doesn't give you enough time to finish laughing at one gag before the next one comes along, cracking you up all over again. Naked...

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    If it doesn't make you laugh, nothing will. [28 June 1991]

  • 88

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The first five minutes of this law-enforcement spoof (subtitled ''The Smell of Fear'') are hilarious, as police Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) brings havoc to a White House dinn...

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gunfights, outrageous situations, high stake situations, for men, quirky characters