Movie of the Day


Leslie Nielsen could be very funny when working with a good script (i.e. Mel Brooks’ Dracula Dead and Loving It) or even a so-so script (i.e. Zucker, Abrahams & Zucker’s The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear). But his comedic genius was not such that he could make a really bad script hilarious. The idea of putting Nielsen in a parody of The Exorcist has promise, but the gags are poor and there is little attempt to come up with anything to string them together. Ned Beatty seems to enjoy playing a crooked tele evangelist, and Linda Blair is obviously having funny parodying the role that made her famous, and she later said that appearing in Repossessed helped “get The Exorcist out of her system.” But no one else seems to be making much effort. Leslie Nielsen narrates most of the movie from behind a podium, and even gets too lazy to carry on his Max von Sydow accent after a while.

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