Police Academy 3: Back In Training (1986)

A PG rated Police Academy? Well, it still made plenty of money and cost next to nothing to make, being shot in Toronto.

Lt. Proctor (Lance Kinsey) and Commandant Mauser (Art Metrano) meet up with former Sergeants Chad Copeland (Scott Thomson) and Kyle Blanks (Brant van Hoffman). Because there are two police academies — how does that happen? — one must be closed. Mauser wants Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) to fail. Lassard wants to hang out with his fish Birdie. Such are the stories that Police Academy sequels are created to tell.

Lassard gets an idea on how to win: along with Sgt. Jones (Michael Winslow) and Lt. Callahan (Leslie Easterbrook), he calls back Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), Hooks (Marion Ramsey), Hightower (Bubba Smith) and Tackleberry (David Graf) to help train the new recruits.

The new officers are Sgt. Fackler’s (Bruce Mahler) wife, Violet (Debralee Scott), Karen Adams (Shawn Weatherly, Amityville: It’s About Time), Tackleberry’s brother-in-law Bud (Andrew Paris) and Nagata (Brian Tochi), who of course falls for Callahan.

My favorite recruits are Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky) and Zed (Bobcat Goldthwait), who have come back into the story as enemies who soon become friends.

This movie brings back many of the jokes from the first, like an appearance by Georgina Spelvin and the Blue Oyster. But I didn’t mind at all. Honestly, these movies are like drinking cheap beer. It’s not the best beer, but you know, it’s beer.

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