Police Academy 3: Back in Training

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

The movie begins in a large garage structure, where Capt. Proctor (Lance Kinsey) and Commandant Mauser (Art Metrano) meet up with former Police Academy cadets, (now Sgts.) Chad Copeland (Scott Thomson) and Kyle Blankes (Brant van Hoffman). It seems one of the two Police Academy schools is getting the axe, and Mauser wants Copeland and Blankes to make sure Lassard screws up.

After the governor’s speech in which he will appoint a committee to evaluate which of the two schools should remain open, Mauser starts getting an edge by kissing up to the governor (offering the committee an escort, showing governor pages of useful tactics, etc.), Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) gets an idea on how to win: along with now Sgt. Jones (Michael Winslow) and Lt. Callahan (Leslie Easterbrook), he calls back Sgt. Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), Sgt. Hightower (Bubba Smith), and Sgt. Tackleberry (David Graf) to help train the new recruits. Among the new recruits are Sgt. Fackler’s wife (Debralee Scott), Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky), Zed (Bobcat Goldthwait), Karen Adams (Shawn Weatherly), and Tackleberry’s brother-in-law Bud Kirkland (Andrew Paris). Tomoko Nogata (Brian Tochi) is a recruit of Mauser’s academy, but decides to put him in with Lassard’s academy instead.

After a few weeks of recruiting, Nogata is lovestruck over Callahan, and Sweetchuck contemplates quitting after his roommate Zed drives him crazy (although Tackleberry talks him out of it). Copeland and Blankes make the recruits do stuff that would make the committee think they were hopeless. Mauser wants them out on the field soon, knowing the committee will be there. The recruits fail, and are teased by Mauser and Proctor. However, Mahoney gets back at them by taping Mauser’s eyes closed while doing a taste test. Proctor succeeds in removing the tape, but the tape pulls off Mauser’s eyebrows.

Both Lassard and Mahoney give a pep talk to each of the cadets before training resumes. At the policeperson’s ball, Mahoney meets up with his hooker friend from the first film and has her do a favor on Proctor after he insults Mahoney and Adams. Copeland accidentally spills punch on Mrs. Hurst, and Mauser tries to inferfere. Meanwhile, the hooker tricks Proctor into removing all his clothes and then locking him out of the hotel room (much to the dismay of onlookers). He goes out and steals a car and drives to the academy. The car is out of gas, however, and Proctor enters a building. However, the building he walks into is the Blue Oyster Bar. Mauser insults Lassard in front of the recruits by telling him that he is winning (after he pestered Hurst so much that Hurst made him believe he was winning), so Mahoney gets him back by giving a speech at the ball and then putting the microphone in a pitcher of water. When Mauser grabs it, it electrocutes him.

On the final day of the cadet training/evaluation competition, one person from each school attends the governor’s ball. (Proctor misunderstands and sends in two, one of whom portrayed by David James Elliott) Copeland and Blankes play with the computer system as cars are sent to wrong locations, but are caught by Hooks who punches them out cold. At the governor’s party, a gang of thieves dressed as busboys kidnap Hedges and take the governor hostage but the squad arrives in time to save the day and rescue the governor.

Lassard’s school stays open, and the epilogue shows Lassard making a speech on how the academy is grateful for the “many, many” recruits. The graduating class salutes to the camera before the movie ends.


Please excuse the briefness of this review, I’m in a bit of a rush.

Police Academy 3: Back in Training picks up where the previous films left off, this time with the characters we met in the first film now assuming the mantle of teachers at the academy. The plot thickens when it is learned that the state only has the fundage to keep one police academy open, but the other academy is run by Commandant Mauser, who was the antagonist is the last film. As you can imagine, there are many hijinks and pranks leading to some oddly placed mission and culminating in the ceremony at the end.

So, here are 3 films into this series, and there hasn’t been anything to really capture my attention. Sure, the same characters are there, as are the quirks that made them interesting in the original Police Academy, but after a while they are at the risk of getting stale.

This wouldn’t be such an issue if not for the fact that none of the new cadets don’t bring anything to the table. Sure, you can make the case for Bobcat Goldwaith’s Zed, but other than just being some kind of maniac with an annoying voice, he doesn’t do much, honestly.

Critics apparently gave this film negative reviews. I won’t go that far, but it is definitely weaker than Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment. Having said that, it isn’t a necessarily bad film, but it isn’t one I would recommend unless you’re trying to watch the whole series.

3 out of 5 stars


One Response to “Police Academy 3: Back in Training”

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