Dad of Divas' Reviews: Get the Gringo - Not the Brightest Bulb on the Force

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Get the Gringo - Not the Brightest Bulb on the Force

Car chases, bloody bodies and a hard-core prison… all in a day’s work.  Mel Gibson’s vacation plans take a turn for the worse in the raw, explosive and action-packed  GET THE GRINGO, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download July 17 courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Icon Productions.  

Gibson stars as Driver, an American criminal who violently crashes his car through the border wall as he tries to outrun the U.S. Border Patrol.  Coming to a screeching halt in Mexico, Driver survives the crash only to land inside a hard-core Mexican prison.  Here, Driver enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito.”  In the middle of this ruthless penal colony, Driver must do whatever it takes to survive, depending on the unlikely guidance of a 10-year-old kid who shows him the ropes.

Not The Brightest Bulb On The Force

The stereotype of the ‘dumb cop’ has featured in countless films over the years - and Get the Gringo is no exception! In this feature, we will list our five favorite dumb cops in film, including Inspector Clouseau in Pink Panther, Frank Drebin in Naked Gun and Super Troopers in Super Troopers

Officers Slaters and Michaels, Superbad
In 2007’s Superbad, two cops – Officer Slater and Office Michael - run into Fogell as he illegally tries to buy beer with his fake ID.  They offer to give him a lift to the party and instead make numerous stops along the way that exemplify inappropriate behavior for an officer of the law, including stealing beers, drinking on the job and improper use of their firearms. 

Super Troopers, Super Troopers
Jay Chandrasekhar’s 2001 comedy Super Troopers centered around Vermont’s five dumbest cops, who have a knack for screwing up and an affinity for syrup-chugging contests for breakfast.  However, when budget cuts threaten their livelihood and a murder case pops up, Thorny, Mac, Rabbit, Forster and Farva have to straighten up and quit their silly ways. 

Paul Bart, Paul Bart: Mall Cop
In Paul Bart: Mall Cop, Paul Bart fails his training to be a New Jersey officer due to his severe hypoglycemia, which causes him to act foolishly on multiple occasions.  Still keen for a career in uniform, he settles to work as a security guard – a mall cop – in a local New Jersey Mall.  However, when a mall robbery occurs, it’s up to Bart to save the day with the aid of his trusted Segway. 

Frank Drebin, Naked Gun
Leslie Nielsen stars as Detective Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun series, a police officer with a unique approach, solving kidnappings and crazy murder plots in a ludicrous fashion.  The series took a cue from the slapstick style of comedy, seeing Nielsen performing wacky stunts and donning far-fetched “undercover” disguises.

Inspector Clouseau, Pink Panther
A bumbling and incompetent police inspector, Inspector Clouseau’s investigations are marked with chaos and misfortunes for himself and others, with Clouseau typically is at fault .  Though he’s not particularly intelligent and will follow a completely idiotic theory to solve a crime, he can always be relied on to solve the crime, even if only by accident!

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