eBay really is wonderful, isn't it? After the exciting first eBay find, I thought I'd take another look. And oh, I hit the jackpot baby.
Oh, that's right. It's the classic first Police Academy. And is the box ever right - what an institution!
Now, I was delighted to see that our good buddy Steve wins the coveted first billing in this cinematic gem.
It may be a bit fuzzy, but it's there. And if you're taking first billing over the likes of Kim Catrall in the very year she appeared in the Oscar nominated** Porky's, then you are talking about a very impressive feat indeed.
Now, I did watch this movie the other night. And I'm sorry to tell you that it doesn't hold up especially well,
It turns out that "comedy" in 1984 was a bit different than it is today. Racial slurs, gay jokes and breasts don't seem to make up the majority of today's comedies. But that aside, it's not the worst thing I've ever seen.
Steve plays Cadet Carey Mahoney, a loveably hot headed troublemaker who is sentenced to join the Police Academy after he wrecks a car at his valet job. And here's the clever part - he's not allowed to quit, but he can leave if he gets kicked out! Will wacky hijinks ensue? You bet they will!
I didn't pay attention to quite a lot of the movie, so I missed why they get sent out to the riot, and I missed why Kim Catrall starts dating him, but all your favourite Police Academy characters are there: Hightower, Tackleberry, Callahan, Hooks, Commandant Lassard, Lt. Harris and that guy that makes the noises.
Good times. Good times, indeed.
Oh, Steve. Where will this exciting journey take us next?
** I really didn't bother to check my facts there, but it probably was. Come on! It's Canadian! Best foreign film all the way!
Title: Police Academy
Steve Guttenberg Films Still To Be Collected: 32
Purchased: On eBay
Cost: £3.04, including delivery
Political incorrectness at it's most painful: Priceless.