Hot Shots: Part Deux

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1 1/2

An evil Middle-East dictator has captured American troops from Desert Storm and only one man can get them out, Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen). If this movie sounds serious, you definitely haven't seen HOT SHOTS (One). Richard Crenna re-enacts his role as the Colonel in the RAMBO movies. As Colonel Denton Walters, he tries to enlist Topper for one "last" dangerous mission. He is accompanied by CIA operative Michelle Huddlestone (Brenda Bakke) who falls in love with Topper right away. Making fun of movies from APOCALYPSE NOW, RAMBO, BASIC INSTINCT, to even the WIZARD OF OZ the plot moves from joke to joke, without missing a beat. The love interest from the first movie, Ramada (Valeria Golino) also returns for more, along with a cameo appearance by Bob Villa of "This Old House" fame. This movie moves along at a fast and funny pace with about ten jokes a minute, both sight gags and puns, and is even better than the first one. For those who like mindless, silly movies, HOT SHOTS PART DEUX will be their cup of tea.

This spoof contains considerable violence, but most of it can be considered cartoon violence, which makes it more palatable. When people are hit with shovels in the head, their head flattens out. One person gets kicked on either side of the head and his head retains a bent shape, just like a cartoon character. In the climactic shoot-out scene, we see a running tally of dead bodies on the screen reminiscent of a video game. The really objectionable scenes come when Topper and Michelle, after a long scene of kissing in their limousine with the chauffeur watching, "re-enact" the sexual activity in BASIC INSTINCT. We see obscured breast nudity and near the end, Michelle starts shooting off guns and pretending to ride an electric bull machine. The film also contains a few obscenities, some profanities and crude sexual references which tend only to spoil the comedy. The movie is funny, but HOT SHOTS PART DEUX misses the mark with its foul language and offensive sexual situations. Its comic book violence becomes excessive at times, particularly for young viewers.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
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Crude Language: Several (6) times - Mild 5 and Moderate 1

Obscene Language: Few (3) times (s-word once, f-word once, one other)

Profanity: Many (10) times - Regular 6; Exclamatory 4

Violence: Many times - Moderate (comic-book violence of men kicked in head, groin, and shot, but no blood)

Sex: Once - Prolonged scene with kissing in car, followed by sex in bedroom

Nudity: Twice - Rear male nudity, once; obscured breast nudity once.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to intercourse and genitals)

Drugs: None

Other: None

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