Police Academy (1984) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Police Academy (1984) – A Hall of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Police Academy is a hugely underrated comedy that in fairness should be remembered almost equally alongside other 80’s greats like Ghostbusters and Trading Places for being just funny and almost as influential.  Yup the sequels quickly soured the memory of the original somewhat (although Their First Assignment is still a good film) but it’s fair to say that without Police Academy and Porkey’s you’d never have American Pie and a wealth of 90’s teen sex comedies.  Police Academy is both genuinely witty and smart, holding up surprisingly well some 30+ years later with a solid central message and some memorable gags.

Best Bit: The standoff

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Ghostbusters, Stripes, Porkys

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Phil’s Top 5… Summer Movie Seasons

Phil’s Top 5… Summer Movie Seasons

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In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: the best summer movie seasons (Post 1975).

Close but no cigar: 1981 (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Stripes, Escape from New York), 1991 (Terminator 2, Boyz n the Hood), 1989 (Batman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon 2, License to Kill), 1987 ( Predator, Robocop, Dirty Dancing, The Living Daylights, Full Metal Jacket)

5 – 1984
Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Once Upon a Time in America, Purple Rain, The Last Starfighter, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Top Secret!, Conan the Destroyer

4 – 1999
The Sixth Sense, Run Lola Run, The Blair Witch Project, The Iron Giant, South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut, Dick, American Pie, Bowfinger , The Thomas Crown Affair, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

3 – 1985
Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Cocoon, Fletch, Explorers, Fright Night, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Pale Rider, Prizzi’s Honor, Silverado, Weird Science, Brewster’s Millions 

2 – 1982
E.T., Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Thing, TRON, The Road Warrior, Conan the Barbarian, Rocky III

1- 1986
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Aliens, Top Gun, Stand by Me, The Fly, Big Trouble in Little China, Back to School, Cobra, Labyrinth, Short Circuit, Transformers: The Movie, SpaceCamp, Flight of the Navigator