(1998)2Derek ArmstrongIt may not be much, but Pat Proft did get something right in this exhausted spoof -- his first directed, his umpteenth written. Namely, the opening credits of Wrongfully Accused list Leslie Nielsen starring "as Leslie Nielsen." Yes, exactly. The character may be named Ryan Harrison, but by 1998, Nielsen had become so typecast in these perfunctory parodies, all he had to do was act like he did in the one before it (either Mr. Magoo or Spy Hard, depending on your criteria). By the release of this dud -- 85 endless and redundant minutes -- what passes for jokes have gotten so basic, so limp, so pre-delivered, that even the slow viewers will beat Nielsen to most punch lines. This genre had dwindled into painful obviousness long before Wrongfully Accused, but other parody writers at least generated new smiles from finding new films to skewer. But when Wrongfully Accused sends up Cary Grant in North by Northwest (yes, the cornfield scene) or Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (yes, the billowing dress scene), the dust and cobwebs are actually visible in the frame. Poor Nielsen, so basically dignified back in Airplane! and Naked Gun. Halfway through this film, while pretending to reach sexual climax, he hits bottom, forced to spasmodically contort his face like some hack in a seizure. It's a long way from "And don't call me Shirley."