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Reno 911!: Miami Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

… a lot of funny stuff here … Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Recommended only for die-hard fans of the TV show. Others are advised to wait until this is available in a smaller format.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    While several members of the cast valiantly fill the void where they can, these fish out of water could have made a greater high-definition splash if they had been thrown an occasional line or two rather than counting on inspiration to wash over them.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    The characters are perfectly evolved screwups and the premise has potential. It lacks only the discipline of a 30-minute episode -- or a YouTube video.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    This is not high art. It might not qualify as low art. But it is 90 minutes or so during which people can put their brains on the shelf and enjoy a few laughs.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Lowbrow hilarity for adult fans of the TV comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these cops definitely aren't your typical brave men and women in blue. Like the TV show it's based on, this movie is a raunchy, heavily improvised comedy. The characters may be diverse, but they're equal-opportunity idiots who know very little about enforcing (or upholding, for that matter) the law. The Reno officers love to wield their guns, drink, swear, and talk about sex. Those unfamiliar with the series should keep in mind that the characters are meant to be fumbling, bottom-of-the-barrel iterations of reality-TV cops.

  • Families can talk about the predominance of reality TV in primetime. Are there programs on the air that that resemble the Reno 911! show-within-a-show? What movies or TV shows provide better, more realistic examples of law-enforcement officials? Older teens should also be able to discuss the many stereotypes depicted in the film. Is it funny to play up stereotypes for laughs? When do you cross the line? What's the appeal of deliberately offensive humor?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The Reno cops' tale suggests that even if you're completely incompetent, eventually you'll get lucky and save the day.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of goofy gunplay and cartoonish violence (like a man getting eaten by an alligator and a SWAT officer accidentally blowing himself up during a motivational speech). A drug kingpin fires his machine gun in the air and threatens to torture characters with a weed whacker. In a few cases, blood is shown, but there are no graphic scenes of violence.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Many sexually crude episodes. In an early scene, almost all of the Reno deputies can be seen masturbating in their motel rooms. When he's not sporting his "short shorts" uniforms, Lt. Dangle wears hammock thongs that reveal his bare butt. A sequence takes place on a topless beach (viewers see various women's breasts). Desperate Trudy asks a wasted Dangle, who's gay, for a "pity f--k" when he obliges, the camera cuts to a couple having sex (nude breasts once again) in the motel room next door. One character, who always looks high and is known for being a gay prostitute on the show, makes lewd references about homosexual sex.

  • language false5

    Language: Not a minute goes by without an expletive ("s--t," "dick," "f--k," "f--khead," "N" word, etc.) -- but that's no surprise, considering the number of bleeped words used on the Comedy Central show.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The officers drive Mustang police cars, and there are close-ups of various tourist spots around Miami Beach.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of excessive partying: All of the Reno cops get drunk, and Clem is so hungover she can't remember whose face she had tattooed on her cleavage. There are scenes of the cops doing shots and of partygoers drinking. A drug lord's girlfriend casually snorts cocaine. One officer steals a joint from a perp she's arresting. An underage girl gets so drunk she vomits on one of the cops. (And the list goes on...)

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