Release date: 1991
Director: Jim Abrahams
Screenwriter: Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Kevin Dunn, William O’Leary, Jon Cryer, Kristy Swanson
Top fighter pilot Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen) is recalled to serve on the SS Essess with the mission to destroy Sadam Hussein’s nuclear plants. But Topper is troubled by his past making him unstabble and in need of psychological help from hot shrink Ramada (Valeria Golino) who he is more interested in dating, much to the annoyance of his rival and Ramada’s ex Lt. Kent Gregory (Cary Elwes).
A thick parody of hit movie Top Gun (1986) Hot Shots! delivers fast planes and guys in uniform but adds slapstick humour in form of sizzling stomachs and an admiral with more spare parts than natural parts. With its mid 90s release this shows Sheen (Major Legaue, 1989) when he was at the top, delivering one ridicouless joke after another with a straight face and perfect comic timing. He share great chemistry with a smouldering Golino (Rain Man, 1988) while Elwes (The Princess Bride, 1987) is a delight as both romantically and professionally rival Gregory. But the show stealers must be a terrific Cryer (Pretty in Pink, 1986) with his unfortunate Pfaffenbach and especially Bridges (Airplane!, 1980) whose spare part-infested admiral delivers some of the best jokes in the movie. A must for anyone who’s a fan of spoof films and slapstick humour.
Several aircraft carrier scenes were taken from the movie Flight of the Intruder (1991), including the flyby of 4 planes when the pilots arrive at the aircraft carrier, when the bombs are loaded onto the planes, and when the planes launched for their final mission.
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