Written by – Neal Israel & Pat Proft
Starring - Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, GW Bailey, Bubba Smith, Donovan Scott, George Gaines, David Graf, Lesley Easterbrook & Michael Winslow
Story/Plot - The year is 1984 and the mayoress has removed set personal criteria form the requirements to join the police force. No longer is sex, weight, height and orientation a factor. This now allows for an insurgence of people applying. The Police Academy series follows a select group of misfits in their quest to become police men and women.
The first film of which this review covers follows these misfits in their time at the Police Academy. The main focus is on a petty criminal called Mahoney. Mahoney is busted for criminal damage and as punishment is forced to go to Police Academy. Mahoney initially feels that this isn’t the right place for him and he makes it his mission to be thrown out as he is not allowed to quit.
As the classes go by and the training exercises are played out, Mahoney soon realises that he is actually enjoying the academy and does want to become a police officer.
We are also introduced to the gun maniac Tackelberry, the very tall Hightower, voluptuos Callahan, squeaky Hooks, human beat box and sound effects master Jones and the ever confuzzled Commandant Lassard.
This group become good friends and become the base for the rest of the series of films.
My verdict - This is one of my favorite film series ever. I have watched these films a few too many times but I love them. I will always recommend Police Academy to anyone who wants a good laugh but to see a good film as well. Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, GW Bailey, Bubba Smith, Donovan Scott, George Gaines, David Graf, Lesley Easterbrook and Michael Winslow create the main cast and are all prefect in their characters. I can not fault them at all.
Story - 10/10
Cast - 10/10
Director - 10/10
Overall – 10/10