1998; Rated PG-13; 87 Minutes
Leslie Nielsen: Ryan Harrison
Richard Crenna: Lt. Fergus Falls
Kelly LeBrock: Lauren Goodhue
Melinda McGraw: Cass Lake
Michael York: Hibbing Goodhue
Sandra Bernhard: Dr. Fridley
Produced by Gary
Barber, Bernd Eichinger, Bobby Herbeck, Robert Kulzer, Elizabeth
Wang Lee, Martin Moszkowicz, Pat Proft, James G. Robinson
and Robert L. Rosen; Directed and screenwritten by
by DAVID KEYES
a film critic starts throwing popcorn at the movie screen,
something has to be wrong. When one booes the screen and
is shouted at by other audience members for his outrageous
behavior, something has to really be wrong. When one manages
to live through "Wrongfully Accused," something has to be
"Wrongfully Accused," everything goes wrong.
must confess, I'm not ashamed that my attitude at "Wrongfully
Accused" was incredibly scathing, because it is one of those
movies that deserves whatever criticism and insult it gets.
I don't find it a necessity to demonstrate my reactions
toward a movie right there in the theater, but the day I
saw Leslie Nielsen's new spoof, everyone there knew exactly
how I felt.
has to be one of the worst movies ever created. I don't
know why any person would feel the need to make such trash
when most know that spoof comedies don't work anymore. Actually,
they've never really worked; when movies are spoofed from
famous Hollywood productions like "Airport" was for "Airplane,"
I, along with several others, find nothing unique or amusing
have, never will.
Accused" is no exception. It pokes fun at the cliches of
"Titanic" and "The Fugitive" with no success, and at times,
I often felt like I was watching a sequel to "The Naked
you ask? Because they're all the same. Once you've seen
one, you've seen them all, and frankly, it's nauseating,
especially considering that Leslie Nielsen himself has wound
up in the majority of them.
he not have anything better to do? Does he consider this
material to be unique or funny? I doubt it. Perhaps the
only thing on his mind in making these movies is the payment
after you see the mess of "Wrongfully Accused," one of the
worst spoofs in years, you could possibly get the hint that
Nielsen's not the only actor getting away with it. As David
Congdon, a loyal reader of mine pointed out once, "it just
goes to show that if he can make millions for having the
acting ability of a dead tree, anyone can do it."
took the words right out of my mouth.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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