Wrongfully Accused

Newcity Chicago

DIRECTED BY: Pat Proft

REVIEWED: 08-31-98

In this crushingly unfunny spoof of "The Fugitive," Leslie Nielsen spends ninety minutes chasing around that elusive thing, humor, with about as much luck as Tommy Lee Jones had snaring Harrison Ford in Andy Davis' remake. Nielsen plays Ryan Harrison, the Michael Flatley of electric violin, who gets framed for murder after a "Fugitive"-like struggle with a one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed man (played by... you know what, I'll leave the other actors names out in the interests of their careers). From there on, it's a death march of sight gags that go on way, way too long - like the requisite bus crash/train wreck sequence, which ends with the train stalking Harrison through the forest. It seems first-time director Pat Proft (who wrote or co-wrote the much funnier spoofs "Naked Gun!" trilogy, "Hot Shots" and "Hot Shots! Part Deux") panicked that there wouldn't be enough material from "The Fugitive" to parody, so he throws in gags on "Titanic," "Mission: Impossible," even - as if the original isn't the funniest thing going - "Baywatch." Sadly, it's still not enough.

--Sam Jemielity

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