By Matt Pais
February 22, 2007
Big question: Can writers/co-stars Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney and Ben Garant (who also directed) capture the Comedy Central show's goofy, good-natured idiocy?
Skip it: Big laughs are spaced out by a lot of dead air in between, as "Reno 911!: Miami" strikes gold occasionally but more often than not comes up empty. These are all funny comedians, but the material doesn't do them justice. Just like the TV show, "Reno 911!: Miami" doesn't have enough story to keep you entertained between the chuckles.
Catch it: If you believe that self-love is, um, a natural and beautiful thing. You'll love a scene in which nearly every member of the squad pleasures themselves--with curtains open!
Bottom line: Rudd's hilarious as a "Scarface"-style drug kingpin, but like the rest of the film's cameos, he's underused and unable to make a real impact. If you love the show, you'll probably love the movie, but as a comedy attempting to give us a few laughs, "Miami" can be summed up the same way a supervisor analyzes the squad: "You did your job. Barely. So what?"
Bonus: You won't see another movie this year featuring an exploded whale, an officer sewing while naked, and two cops stripping at hip-hop mogul Suge Knight's house. That's great, as you'll be happy to have seen those images only once.
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'Reno 911!: Miami'
Directed by Robert Ben Garant; screenplay by Garant, Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver; photographed by Joe Kessler; edited by John Refoua; music by Craig Wedren; produced by Danny DeVito, Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg and John Landgraf. A Twentieth Century Fox release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:24. MPAA rating: R (for sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language and drug use).
Lt. Jim Dangle - Lennon
Deputy Junior - Garant
Deputy Wiegel - Kenney-Silver
Deputy Williams - Niecy Nash
Deputy Kimball - Mary Birdsong
Deputy Johnson - Wendy McLendon-Covey
Deputy Garcia - Carlos Alazraqui
Deputy Jones - Cedric Yarbrough
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