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Reno 911! - Miami (Unrated Edition) (2007)

Television movie directed by Robert Ben Garant

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"This just in: Miami burns to ground"

  • Nov 20, 2010
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+3
Something very scary occured to me as I watched this movie.  The worlds dumbest cops are called upon to keep order cause all the other cops are incapacitated.  Should the day ever come that 8 dimwits with badges are going to be keeping me safe, I think I'll dig a hole and hide for a while.

Reno 911! Miami is the big screen version of the popular Comedy Central TV show about a group of stupid cops and they're attempts to keep order.  This big screen version takes our 8 man team (the is she or ain't she gay character Kimball was added in the third season) to Miami for a police convention.  Lost tickets leave them out of the convention and shacking up in a flea bitten hovel down the street.  Arriving back at the expo the next morning, we learn that all the cops and leaders EXCEPT for Reno's "finest" are infected with a virus.  That means the Reno sheriff's dept is the only thing to protect Miami from crime.  Close off Miami NOW as the "shrfs d'parmin" mans 911 phones, interact with the locals and again attempt to keep order.

As I said above, this is a big screen version of the show and all the amenities that come with it.  Jokes can get raunchier, theres uncensored nuditiy, more swearing and racial epithats among others.  It's the show turned up to 11 with all the character traits in place like Weigel still being a medicated moron, Junior the violent redneck and Jonesy still being the smooth character.

The movie still holds onto it's roots by having supporting characters show up in different supporting roles like Toby Huss as the motel manager and Patton Oswalt as the acting mayor of Miami.  SADLY Nick Sawardson's roller blading Terry tagged along and is annoying as he is in the show.  What IS good is who they got for Terry's dad at the finale.

If theres anything all that bad about the movie, is that the movie goes from feeling more like a movie and not feeling a lot like the TV show that the movie is based on.  Whats worse is that they repeat a couple of jokes and the premise of the Reno Sheriff's out of town in a sort of fish out of water comedy isn't mined for what it's worth.  Finally, for what it's worth the director Robert Ben Garant (co creator, writer and the actor who plays Junior) makes the movie FEEL like it's meant for the small screen  You can argue that it's appropriate since it IS based on a TV show but for THE MOVIE, it should FEEL bigger.

The best part of the movie, isn't even in the movie, it's on the special features.  Three commentaries, one with the creators of Reno 911!, and two other commentaries with split members of the cast in character.  Awesome.  Secondly is the extended bus scene which is the cast on a bus, with one camera angle on the trip from Nevada to Florida.  It runs about a half hour and short of the moments where they need to make a cut, the whole segment is as good as any of the episodes that play on Comedy Central, especially the segment where they start playing "The Quiet Game".

The final word on Reno 911! Miami is that if your into the Comedy Central show, you will probably like it.  If your not into the show then there's a chance that you will find some humor in the show or movie.  Reno 911! Miami is like many things fun for what it was worth and has some good laughs but it doesn't leave a lasting impression, short of that scary thought I had at the start of this review.

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December 16, 2010
This was good but the series is so much better.
 
November 21, 2010
I haven't seen this film in its entirety for some reason, but I have to admit, I am happy to have read your review on it. Thanks for the reminder, John!
November 21, 2010
Oh yeah. Finally got it on DVD and saw it yesterday. Theres a regular edition, this one and apparently a second cut that I have never seen in stores. This one should be good enough.
 
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Quick Tip by . November 21, 2010
Those wacky law enforcers who would make the Keystone Cops jealous go to Miami for a convention only to be the only law enforcement in town. Largely aimed at fans of the Comedy Central series, but it's open ended enough to show that the casual viewer won't be lost.
review by . September 11, 2008
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For Reno 911 fans who believe that Comedy Central's improv-driven mock-reality series could benefit from more unbleeped profanity, uncensored sex scenes, and nudity, the feature-length R-rated Miami will be just the ticket. Perhaps less a movie than it is a Very Special Episode, Miami transplants short-shorts-bedecked Lt. Dangle (Thomas Lennon) and company to Miami for the American Police Convention ("They invited everybody"). No sooner can you say "bio-terrorism" than the hotel is quarantined, and Wahoe County's hapless misfits, shut out when their credentials can't be found, must step in and save the city from "complete chaos." Complete chaos ensues. As with the series, Miami unfolds in a series of hit and miss bits. The funniest are those that hew closest to the Cops template, such as an early "814" call that does not, as the officers believe, decode as armed intruder, but actually involves a loose chicken, and an encounter with a taunting good ol' boy who, when faced with an alligator in a swimming pool, boldly goes where officers Jones (Cedric Yarbrough) and Garcia (Carlos Alazraqui) fear to tread.

Happily, as was not the case with Borat, no innocent or unsuspecting citizens were emotionally harmed during the making of this movie. All of the jokes and humiliations are at the Reno squad's expense. Miami benefits from some subtle (and not so subtle) stunt casting, including Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens) in ...

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Director: Robert Ben Garant
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
Runtime: 84 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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