While it became a staple of cable after its theatrical release, this David Zucker–Jim Abrahams–Jerry Zucker (aka “ZAZ”) production is rarely considered a classic alongside Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd. Nor is it even ZAZ’s signature feature, which is still Airplane! (1980), a spoof of the Airport franchise and the 1957 film Zero Hour!. And yet Naked Gun successfully amalgamates comedic qualities of some of the greatest American comedies (as well as developing its own).
Michael Joshua Rowin
September 16, 2016