Reno 911!: Miami (R)

Comedy 84 February 23, 2007
By Brian Miller
Norbit's heavyweight missus has nothing on Niecy Nash, who proudly parades her prosthetic ass along Miami Beach, lowering oceanside property values with each thunderous step. The joke here is that the snooty pastel metropolis needs to be taken down a few rungs by Nash and her law-enforcement crew from the Comedy Central show Reno 911! (basically a lampoon of Cops, only dumber, if that's possible). The series regulars--including Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, and director Robert Ben Garant--accomplish this task with signature incompetence. They are levelers whose fathom-line never hits bottom. With the city's regular police force trapped inside a quarantined convention, our gang from Reno confronts backyard gators, a bad Scarface imitator (Paul Rudd), and even Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson in a good-natured cameo. Stretched out (barely) to 84 minutes, these vignettes seem more like an assault on filmmaking than municipal probity. The show excels with its short squad-car bursts of random inanity; here, the plot--somehow involving Patton Oswalt's corrupt city official--feels like a dime bag tossed aside by a fleeing perp. Fans won't mind, though the material would've worked better on TV, with blacked-out breasts and bleeped-out dialogue. Garant does attempt one ambitious long-take sequence along a motel breezeway, each window a sad tableau of lovelorn off-duty cops. It's like Jacques Tati with drunken, desperate masturbation. (Brian Miller)
Ben Garant Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Mary Birdsong, Paul Rudd, Nick Swardson Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver Danny DeVito, Ben Garant, John Landgraf, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher 20th Century Fox

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