Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)

The Police Academy cadets have graduated and have now been assigned to the worst precinct in town, where they have to help Captain Pete Lassard (Howard Hesseman) fight Zed (Bobcat Goldthwait) and the Scullions gang.

Let me tell you — a 13-yer-old Sam definitely watched this at the Spotlight 88 drive-in outside Beaver Falls, PA and laughed like a lunatic. Nothing has changed for 47-year-old Sam, except he watched this on Netflix, even though he owns two different Police Academy box sets.

Chief Henry Hurst (George R. Robertson) gives Lassard thirty days to turn around the 16th precinct or the job will go to Lieutenant Mauser (Art Metrano) and Sgt. Proctor (Lance Kinsey). This leads to Lassard calling up his older brother Eric (George Gaynes) and getting six new officers: Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), Eugene Tackleberry (David Graf), Douglas Fackler (Bruce Mahler), Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith) and Laverne Hooks (Marion Ramsey).

This is when Tackleberrt falls for Sgt. Kathleen Kirkland (Colleen Camp, ClueWicked Stepmother). And we’re introduced to the adversarial and soon friendly relationship between Zed and Carl Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky).

Bill Paxton was offered the role of Zed, but turned it down as he didn’t want to sign to be in any sequels. How strange would that have been?

You can make fun of these movies all you want, but they made peoples’ careers. For example, Bubba Smith went on record saying that he made more money from this movie than playing NFL football for a decade. That’s because he asked for 2% of the film’s profits instead of a higher salary. Smart guy.

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