March 12th, 2011: National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1

Cast and Crew:  Jon Lovitz, Tim Curry, Frank McRae, Bill Nunn, Joyce Brothers, James Doohan, Richard Moll, F. Murray Abraham, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Leary, Denise Richards, Corey Feldman, Phil Hartman, J.T. Walsh, Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Paul Gleason, Charles Napier, Charles Cyphers, Whoopi Goldberg, Christopher Lambert, Bruce Willis

What It’s About: Mismatched L.A. cops Jack Colt (Emilio Estevez) and Wes Lugar (Samuel L. Jackson) must foil General Mortars (William Shatner) plan to distribute cocaine in “Wilderness Scout” cookies in this parody of late 1980s/early 1990s cop movies.

Why Watch it Today?: Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled the first 18 Girl Scouts today in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia. We all know there is SOMETHING that makes those cookies irresistible (my brother used to buy two cases of Tag-a-Longs from my sister and jealously guard them back in the day), and Loaded Weapon 1 turns that basic idea into a decent, if not great, parody of the over-the-top cop films of its era, particularly Lethal Weapon.  The fine supporting cast and not-yet-a-star Samuel L. Jackson almost make up for Estevez and model-turned-non-actress Kathy Ireland. 

Where to Get It:  Netflix (Rental only) or  Amazon

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