​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

DRAGNET (1987)


And we hit the century mark with #100, Dragnet (1987). This probably falls under the category of “guilty pleasure” as it’s one of those films I will stop and watch when I stumble across it. Like the other day. I never cease to be amused by Dan Aykroyd’s dead-on impression of Jack Webb and his iconic Sgt. Joe Friday character. In this comedic thriller, he plays the late Joe Friday’s nephew, also named Joe, as he becomes a cop in Webb’s beloved L.A.P.D. Like his uncle, he plays it straight, exactly by the book. His partner, Pep Streebek (Tom Hanks, right before Big really put him on the map) is the total opposite – smartass, wild dresser, never read the book). They get involved in a series of wild thefts that eventually involve much bigger and more nastier things. Harry Morgan is on hand playing his Dragnet TV part, Captain Bill Gannon, once the original Friday’s partner, now keeping an eye on Joe’s nephew, for old times’ sake. Nice touch. Christopher Plummer is also here playing a minister campaigning against the porno magazine published by the reprehensible Jerry Caesar (Dabney Coleman using an annoying lisp), as is Elizabeth Ashley as the corrupt police commissioner. Dragnet may be more amusing if you fondly recall the “just the facts” mantra of the original TV series, but also works if you don’t.

TLA one-word review: lighthearted