Thank you, madame mayor. Without your hair-brained new policy off allowing all of God and creation into the Police Academy, we wouldn’t have had the pleasure of meeting some of the finest peace officers this side of Crockett and Tubbs.
From Tackleberry to Hightower, from Barbara to Mahoney, Police Academy had ’em all. Sure, they may have been woefully unqualified, sure they may have even been a bunch of buffoons, but when things got tough, you couldn’t ask for a better bunch of accidental heroes.
No, Commandant Lassard and Lieutenant Harris were none-too-happy to see any of these slackers, but heck, sometimes you just have to listen to your mayor and make the most of it… and just try as hard as you can to avoid looking like (or ending up in) a horse’s ass.
At the center of all the hilarity was, of course, the great Steve Guttenberg, fresh from his turn in the terrifying TV flick The Day After (which we, of course, LOVE!) and still several years from charming us all in Three Men and a Baby (yep, love that, too!). We gotta say, comedy suits our beloved Mr. G. much better than a nuclear holocaust, and his performance as the wise-ass Cadet Mahoney helped elevate Police Academy from just being a stupid Stripes ripoff.
And of course we’d be remiss if we didn’t also give a shout-out to sound effects whiz Michael Winslow, whose uncanny ability to sound like everything from a machine gun to a video game also helped make the flick that much more entertaining.
So the next time you’re in the mood for a little old-fashioned 80s silliness, pop this bit of hilarity in your VCR. And the next time you need to blow off a little, er, steam, just step up to the podium.
Or better yet, go check out this new club called The Blue Oyster. We hear it’s hot.
We ♥ Police Academy.