Our taste in humour may have changed over the years since this was released, but the jokes in this film still find a way of being funny, some will make you laugh, some will make you smile, some may make you groan with how we’ve evolved since this originally hit the big screen.
This is not a film that tries to be high art, but will take you on a hour and a half of pure fun as a handful of misfits find themselves either wanting to be in the police force or are given the choice to apply or going to jail. Which leads to pushing the boundaries of where they find themselves.
But that doesn’t matter; this is all about the misfortune of not only the cadets, but those already in the police force. We may not like some of the people training the new recruits and therefore we enjoy their misery of having to put up with what they see as the unlikely police officers who could be upholding the law.
This is a film of blundering characters you will enjoy due the fact that they’re not really up to the job and, in a way; you want to see them succeed. Although there are a couple of new recruits who you hope will fall flat on the faces. This is a movie which you don’t need to think too much about, the story is simple, the jokes are fun and the characters are a pleasure to watch as they stubble through the fourteen weeks of training, if they’re the ones being trained or those training.
You may wonder how some of those in the position of training rose to their rank in the police force as they seem so unlikely, but there really is no reason to… Maybe invent your own back story in how they managed to do so.
Maybe a underlying message in this film is that the idea of the police are recruiting from all walks of life, planting the seed that if you put your mind to it, you can succeed no matter where you come from. This is a nice sentiment; even if I am over think it in such a film as this. This is a joy to watch for the laughs, it’s not a deep and meaningful of a film… you will enjoy this for the lack of seriousness there is.