Director Penelope Spheeris turns in her flattest movie yet, recycling one cliche after another, interspersed with some of the lowest cop jokes this side of the POLICE ACADEMY films. Three different story lines occupy the running time, coming together only in the person of squad chief Cox.
One story concerns a worried mother Devere, who comes to Hollywood looking for her runaway daughter. The girl has fallen in with Gorshin, a pimp who turns his girls into heroin addicts before turning them out onto the streets. Another plot concerns rookie officer Fisher, who discovers an S&M porno
film, with underage actors, being shot in a back yard in her neighborhood. The last story centers on the investigation of a New York mobster muscling in on bookmaking operations. How were respectable actors such as Cox, Fisher, and Van Devere lassoed into such a silly film? How did a director
known for her unblinking looks as the underside of Los Angeles come up with such a lame, lifeless, cliche-ridden film still so thematically close to her other works? The only thing that comes close to working is the odd-character part. The film does, however, boast an impressive visual style that
highlights the lurid side of Hollywood Boulevard.
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