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5 Reasons Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Is Too Rotten to Miss

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The Naked Gun movies are a lot like sex — a guilty pleasure that brings a smile to your face, before inevitably ending in a bunch of lousy reviews. And the third installment, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, may have been good for a laugh, but compared to the classic that was The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, it was an inauspicious way to go out. (55% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yikes!)

With IFC and Rotten Tomatoes teaming up to celebrate movies too rotten to miss, we thought we’d look back at this rotten triquel, and figure out why such a lousy movie still makes us laugh so hard.

5. Weirdest Collection of Cameos in Movie History

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Paramount Pictures

Can you name another movie with Shannen Doherty AND Florence Henderson? How about “Weird Al” Yankovic AND James Earl Jones? Elliott Gould AND Vanna White? Any movie that squeezes in Olympia Dukakis, Morgan Fairchild, Mary Lou Retton, Raquel Welch and Ann B. Davis as “Alice” from The Brady Bunch, and still has room for a legitimately funny bit with Pia Zadora, has to be doing something right.


4. Anna Nicole Smith In Her Biggest Role Ever

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Paramount Pictures

Anna Nicole Smith was known for a lot of things. Marrying ancient billionaires. Starring on a short-lived reality show. But right at the peak of her tabloid notoriety, she got her one shot at a legitimate acting role, thanks to The Naked Gun franchise, and she did, er, okay? Still, you can’t deny she draws your eyes to her, um, talents. Watching her in Naked Gun 33 1/3 is a flashback to a simpler time, when her biggest tragedy was earning a Razzie nomination for Worst New Star.


3. A Reminder of the days when O.J. Simpson Was a Movie Star

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Paramount Pictures

Not to be outdone by the former Playmate of the Year, O.J. Simpson took home a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor in 1994. Granted, that may have had something to do with the fact that he was on trial for double homicide right after the movie came out. After all we’ve learned about the rampaging running back in the years since The Naked Gun movies, it certainly adds a whole new dimension to his performance as hapless police officer Nordberg, who never seemed to catch a break. Guess he was saving up all that karma for the trial of the century.


2. An Untouchable Untouchables Parody

No one can deny that even by the franchise’s standards, Naked Gun 33 1/3 is an uneven movie. The Zucker Brothers (Airplane!) went back to the well one too many times, and most of the jokes had been used up. Thankfully, there were a few bits designed for earlier movies that were cut due to time or budgetary concerns, and could be plucked from the trash heap and reworked. That’s how the filmmakers ended up with a legitimately clever parody of the classic train shootout from The Untouchables, which in itself was a homage to the “Odessa Steps” scene in Sergei Eisenstein’s famous 1925 silent movie Battleship Potemkin. So, if you’re in the mood for a heady send-up of the inventor of the montage, well, maybe this Leslie Nielsen joint is for you.


1. So Many Dumb Jokes That Make Us Laugh

Sure, this film franchise may have been running on fumes, but if you breathe enough fumes, you’re likely to laugh hysterically. This is far from the best Naked Gun movie, but when you spit out a joke a second, you’re bound to hit a few of them out of the park. The quotes! (“Like a midget at a urinal, I was going to have to stay on my toes.” “I like my sex the way I play basketball, one on one with as little dribbling as possible.”) The sperm bank scene! (Watch it above.) Rotten or not, Naked Gun 33 1/3 is still pretty chuckle-worthy.

Strap in for puns and pratfalls when Rotten Fridays kicks off Friday, August 12th starting at 8P!

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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