Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy, Military Comedy, Parody/Spoof  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

While less critically acclaimed than its prequel, Hot Shots! Part Deux performed marvelously at the box office by earning a healthy 38 million dollars. Director Jim Abrahams continued to mine the material that he had perfected with Jerry and David Zucker in films like Airplane (1980) and Top Secret (1984). Both Charlie Sheen, who offers a perfect send-up of all things macho, and Italian actress Valeria Golino, whose deadpan delivery aptly matches the hero's, reunite from Hot Shots! (1991). There is also a nice cameo by the hero's father, Martin Sheen, afloat on the river and apparently still stuck on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979). The lack of plot and nonstop gags align this movie with 1930s classics like the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup (1933) and W.C. Fields' The Bank Dick (1940). Reviewers generally enjoyed Hot Shots! Part Deux's parody of movies like Rambo III (1988) and Lady and the Tramp (1955), though many felt that it lacked the originality and pizzazz of earlier Abrahams and Zucker films.