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At long last, here's conclusive proof of the auteur theory: Take the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker formula (AIRPLANE!, NAKED GUN et al.), subtract Messrs. Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, and you're left with Leslie Nielsen mugging his way through this thoroughly wretched spy spoof.

Basically a pointless parody of the James Bond films -- which are self-parodies to begin with -- SPY HARD also slings mud at a host of recent Hollywood hits, including PULP FICTION, HOME ALONE, TRUE LIES, SISTER ACT, THE MASK and JURASSIC PARK. Nielsen's schtick is getting pretty threadbare by

now -- his movies used to wring laughs from assaults on his silver-haired dignity, but after years of screen buffoonery, he has no dignity left to assault. The sole bright spot is provided by "Weird Al" Yankovic, who sings the bombastic "Spy Hard Theme" and directs the opening, a wickedly perfect

distillation of the classic Bond title sequences.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: PG-13
  • User Rating:3.86 out of 5 (7 ratings)
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  • Review: At long last, here's conclusive proof of the auteur theory: Take the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker formula (AIRPLANE!, NAKED GUN et al.), subtract Messrs. Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, and you're left with Leslie Nielsen mugging his way through this thoroughly wre… (more)

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