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Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf, Tim Kazurinsky ... see more see more... , Sharon Stone , Leslie Easterbrook , Marion Ramsey , Lance Kinsey , G.W. Bailey , Bobcat Goldthwait , George Gaynes , Billie Bird , Brian Backer , Arthur Batanides , Corinne Bohrer , Colleen Camp , Harvey Chao , Randall "Tex" Cobb , Jack Creley , Tommy Guerrero , Tony Hawk , Kay Hawtry , Jackie Joseph , Derek McGrath , Michael McManus , Andrew Paris , Michael Rhoades , George R. Robertson , Ted Simonett , David Spade , Tab Thacker , Scott Thomson , Brian Tochi , Larry Schwartz , Sid Gould , Rummy Bishop , Brent Byers , Steve Caballero , Frank Canino , Michele Duquet , Diane Fabian , Arnie Hardt , Francois Klanfer , Marc Leger , Bob Lem , Mike McGill , Joey Pomanti , Glenn Preston , Don Ritchie , Megan Smith , Denis de Laviolette , Fern Champion , Pamela Basker , Anne Tait , James Carroll , Chris Miller , Carolyn Scott , Geirge Gaynes

In the third sequel to the hit comedy Police Academy, Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) decides that the police force is overworked and understaffed, and he comes up with the idea of recruiting civil... read more read more...ian volunteers to work side-by-side with his officers. Of course, with the hapless Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) in charge of training the new Neighborhood Watch groups, one might reasonably expect things will not go smoothly; meanwhile, the duplicitous Capt. Harris (G.W. Bailey) sets his sights on Lassard's job, and he schemes to get his aging boss out of the way. Series regulars Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, Bob Goldthwait, and Tim Kazurinsky are on board, as is Sharon Stone, who moved on to bigger and better things a few years later. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004

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  • August 27, 2013
    Well here we are again and its back to training...again!. Yep this fourth time around 'Lassard' calls on his most loyal men to train up a group of civvies for his new programme 'citizens on patrol'. Naturally the resident bad guy (this time its back to 'Harris') doesn't agree wit... read moreh Lassard's plan so he and 'Proctor' are out to foil their plans, so dastardly.

    The idea behind this isn't too bad really, its a bit like special volunteer officers which we have here in the UK. So the general concept is sound, the problem is we are back at the academy focusing on training these new civvies and we're seeing all the same stuff all over again!!.

    To cut a long story short, seeing as I've explained what happens in the academy for the last three film reviews, we see every character doing their unique thing all over again. This means more martial arts from motormouth 'Jones', 'Callahan' is in the pool getting her huge tits wet, 'Tackleberry' is on the shooting range (where else), 'Sweetchuck' gets thrown around the place a lot, 'Hightower' is on voice commands and 'Mahoney' is lurking around the stereotypical blonde bit of fluff and dishing out his good deed speeches left right n centre.

    Everything in this film is virtually a replay on everything we've seen in virtually all of the last three films. The last three got away with it because they were more adult and the idea was still reasonably fresh, no longer does this apply. The whole film is very boring and extremely childish, on top of that nothing makes any sense now, its just bits n pieces thrown together.

    Mahoney, Tackleberry and Hightower perform a very elaborate prank on the three young guys simply to prove they aren't ready for the real beat. This whole sequence is completely nonsense, as if you would go to all that trouble for nothing, its total filler that isn't even amusing. There is a fight sequence on a docked ship against some ninjas (!), no idea why this happens or how the officers end up at the docks but hey. I honestly feel they stuck this in simply to utilize 'Nogata' who cameos here, also another martial arts sequence for Jones who appears out of nowhere. He just pops up for this fight from literately nowhere.

    Add to that a vast amount of terribly cartoonish visual gags, pratfalls, blatantly obvious stunt doubles, terrible audio dubbing and pretty much no actual main plot (accept for the civvy training crap). There is a jail break midway through which serves as the big finale, this time its in the air with hot air balloons and old biplanes. Now I admit its all performed well with nice aerial stunts and whatnot but its so completely ludicrous. Why on earth would they chase the bad guys in hot air balloons? surely you'd just call in police choppers?? how the hell does everyone seem to be a dab hand at flying biplanes?? why am I even questioning a Police Academy flick?. I might add that Hightower completely disappears for the last half of the film, odd, Bubba must have had better things to do.

    This film is quite 'famous' I suppose for a few things, firstly its one of Sharon Stone's early films as she was slowly getting more recognised. Secondly there is a young Tony Hawks in the film showing his skateboarding skills and thirdly there is also a young David Spade as one of the civvy recruits.

    This is easily one of the worst PA films in the franchise simply because they reuse every old trick and story sequence idea all over again. Yes I know most of the PA films do this but like I said up to this point in the franchise its been reasonably fresh. This just feels terribly dull, uninspired and has some of the worst 'comedy' I've seen, you can't even call it slapstick, its just shit. Goldthwait as 'Zed' is responsible for some of the worst acting, dialog and sequences in this film, not even Bailey as 'Harris' can save this turd.

    Just to really hammer home the final nail in the coffin, right at the end out of nowhere, Mahoney and Sharon Stone's character are seen floating off together in a customised Police Academy hot air balloon. No explanation about how or where this special balloon came from, its just there, one final silly sequence to really take you out of the moment (if you were in the moment in the first place that is).
  • January 28, 2011
    In my opinion this was the last good movie of the Police Academy series. It's still very funny, got the same actors, and it's fun. I liked it.
  • July 6, 2010
    I certainly laughed a bit more than I did with the previous sequels. Once again it's all a bit overcrowded, with characters from the previous 3 outings now being mixed together. Bailey is a welcome return as the antagonist, but he is joined by the sidekick of the last two films' ... read morevillain. This kind of works, as we get the best of both worlds. On top of this we are also given new characters, everyday citizens wanting to help out. This looks interesting at first, with David Spade and a skateboarding buddy forced into the program, but they are soon lost in the background. An entertaining airborne finale is rather impressive as well. So, with Bailey back, and this being Guttenberg's last, this may be a good stopping point for most viewers that made it this far.
  • December 12, 2009
    On land, on sea, or in the air, no place is safe from them!
  • September 28, 2009
    Bobcat Goldthwait makes it worth watching but only just!
  • July 26, 2007
    A decent entry in the Police Academy series, before it really started going downhill. Stev Guttenberg was still around. There was plenty of police action on the city streets and a hip title song to keep us all interested.
  • June 23, 2007
    Probably the most popular after the original of the series, as all walks of life are free to sign up to become police officers when some hilarious partners put together.
  • March 12, 2007
    This fourth Police Academy series doesn't make me laugh much enough. And this one's most noticeable for having Sharon Stone in a role that will no doubt now make her squirm to think of.
  • December 23, 2007
    This fourth Police Academy series doesn't make me laugh much enough. There's nothing remotely arresting about these recycled and pointless roguish antics.
  • September 20, 2009
    I Rather enjoyed the fourth installment, more than I ever could've imagined.

Critic Reviews


Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Variety Staff, Variety

Script is merely a collection of gags tied together by the slightest suggestion of a story. Full Review

February 9, 2006
Time Out

More of the same from the wackiest police force on the streets, and their newly recruited civilian helpers. Full Review

Janet Maslin
May 20, 2003
Janet Maslin, New York Times

The new players, like the original ones (who are still here in full force), are limited to one-shtick roles and are sometimes even more limited than that. Full Review

Richard Harrington
January 1, 2000
Richard Harrington, Washington Post

Just when you think American film comedy has hit the bottom of the barrel, it makes a supreme effort and keeps sinking. Full Review

August 3, 2009
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Director Jim Drake keeps things moving so quickly, one barely has time to notice just how stale the jokes here are. Full Review

Ian Freer
August 3, 2009
Ian Freer, Empire Magazine

Oh dear...oh dear, oh dear... Full Review

Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com

They really did just keep getting worse and worse.

Martin Scribbs
July 16, 2004
Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian

Quite possibly the least essential movie ever made. A call to arming the elderly.

Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Fred Topel, About.com

Not a highlight of the series. Loses the fun feel of incompetent cops in a complicated citizen plot.

Frank Ochieng
May 24, 2003
Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye

There's nothing remotely arresting about the recycled and pointless roguish antics being drudged up once again in another tired and tedious Police Academy sequel. This bunch should lock the cell door ...

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