Wrongfully Accused (1998)

(On VHS, August 1999) The biggest problem with this film is that it’s far more interested in being a parody of thrillers than being a comedy. This gives rise to two problems: One, the films feels like a disconnected string of not-so-funny gags rather than a coherent laugh riot and two, the film doesn’t make much sense if you’re not familiar with the source material. Add to that the problem that Leslie Nielsen’s standard bumbling fool comedy personae is wearing thin (even the film’s opening credits acknowledge “Leslie Nielsen As Leslie Nielsen”) and… hmmm… the result is uninspired despite being all-inspired. Some grins, rare chuckles but no belly laughs.

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