Reno 911!: Miami

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Reno 911!: Miami
Reno 911 miami.jpg
Directed by Robert Ben Garant
Produced by Danny DeVito
Michael Shamberg
Stacey Sherr
John Landgraf
Written by Robert Ben Garant
Thomas Lennon
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Based on Reno 911! 
by Robert Ben Garant
Thomas Lennon
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Starring Carlos Alazraqui
Mary Birdsong
Robert Ben Garant
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Thomas Lennon
Wendi McLendon-Covey
Niecy Nash
Cedric Yarbrough
Music by Craig Wedren
Cinematography Joe Kessler
Edited by John Refoua
Production
company
Comedy Central Films
High Sierra Carpeting
Jersey Films
Double Feature Films
Principato-Young Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
(United States)
Paramount Pictures
(International)
Release dates
  • February 23, 2007 (2007-02-23)
Running time 84 minutes
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $22,021,262[1]

Reno 911!: Miami is a 2007 comedy film based on Comedy Central's Reno 911! directed by cast member Robert Ben Garant, who plays "Junior". It was released on February 23, 2007. The film opened at #4 with an estimated gross of $10.4 million.[2]

Plot[edit]

The movie opens outside of a building where terrorists are holding hostages and a nuclear bomb. The Reno Sheriff's Department arrives in a helicopter, called in as experts. As the group prepare to deal with the situation, Deputy Travis Junior (Robert Ben Garant) wakes up and realizes it was a dream; he was sleeping at the wheel and the vehicle he and Lt. Dangle are in crashes.

The film continues with introductory clips of the officers, telling how they became interested in law enforcement, à la COPS. After a scene involving a chicken in the road miscoded as an "armed person on a roof", Dangle tells everyone that they have been invited to the American Police Convention in Miami Beach. On arrival, the group finds they are not on the entrant list. Having nowhere to stay, they rent rooms at a motel. That night, the police officers attempt unsuccessfully to seduce one another, and turn to self-pleasure.

As everyone recovers from their hangovers, Johnson discovers a tattoo on her breast of a mystery man, later revealed to be Garcia. The team go to the convention site to see if their tickets were found. On arrival, they discover the building has been the subject of a bio-chemical terrorist attack, and the police inside are quarantined. The only city official left outside is assistant deputy mayor Jeff Spoder (Patton Oswalt). The head of National Security asks Reno Sheriffs Department to provide law enforcement for Miami Beach. A high-ranking SWAT agent (Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock) arrives on the scene, but accidentally blows himself up with a grenade.

The team assume the Miami Sheriff's responsibilities, and respond to several emergency calls: an alligator is reported in a swimming pool and a neighbour is killed trying to wrestle it; reports of street prostitution lead the team to discover Terry, in Miami to record an album; and a dead beached whale, which they remove by blowing it up into smaller pieces. During their day, Jones and Garcia are repeatedly kidnapped by Ethan (Paul Rudd), a drug lord. They discover that Spoder was responsible for the terrorist attack, and that he'd teamed up with Ethan to create a drug empire. Spoder kills Ethan after he reveals he is a small time dealer pretending to be a mob boss, and escapes with the antidote. The team chase Spoder, who holds them at gunpoint until Jones and Garcia arrive in a Marine helicopter and Spoder surrenders. Lt. Dangle arrests him, and Wiegel, sitting in the helicopter, accidentally launches a missile at the squad car he is detained in.

The next day, the antidote is distributed, and the Reno Sheriff's Department are congratulated for their actions. Lt. Dangle accepts a job at the Aspen Sheriff's Department, who'd repeatedly turned him down previously. The remaining team are offered a flight back to Reno by Terry, revealed to have a rich father, on his private jet. Back in Reno, Garcia briefs the team on their day's work. Dangle enters, interrupting the briefing, and explains that Aspen has a strict policy forbidding homosexual sheriffs. Dangle continues the briefing, and reveals the group have been invited to a convention at Scotland Yard.

Stars[edit]

The film stars Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Cedric Yarbrough, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Carlos Alazraqui, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Mary Birdsong. Certain famed actors make cameos, namely Michael Ian Black (who co-starred with Lennon and Kenney in Viva Variety), Patton Oswalt (Comedian and King of Queens co-star), Danny DeVito (also one of the film's executive producers), Paul Reubens (playing a different character than he plays on the series), Nick Swardson (who appears as his show character "Terry") and Dwayne Johnson (professional wrestler The Rock). All members of The State appear in the movie. This is the first time every member has been together on camera in quite some time.

The theme song, "Police and Thieves", is performed by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. This is alluded to by Lennon, Garant, and Kenney-Silver on one of the audio commentaries, who say they are not allowed to discuss who performed the song, but say viewers should "Google it" to find the answer.

The film reprises some jokes from the original TV series for the benefit of first-time viewers, an example being Dangle's explanation for wearing shorts on the job, which was also featured in the first episode of the series.

Cast[edit]

Filming schedule[edit]

Principal photography was completed in March 2006. The movie was shot in Miami and Southern California.

Reception[edit]

The film in its first weekend debuted in 2,702 theaters and earned an estimated gross of $10.4 million, putting it at the fourth position at the box office.[3] The film was in theaters for ten weeks, earning a total of $22,021,262 worldwide.[3]

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, and the film earned a rotten rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with 35% (59 bad reviews out of 90). Most critics say that fans of the show will appreciate it more than those not familiar with the material.[4]

Home video release[edit]

In North America, the DVD was released in two versions on June 19, 2007, an unrated version and the theatrical version. The DVD sold 894,739 units, which gathered a revenue of $16,282,178.[5]

A second unrated cut was released on September 9, 2008.

Sequel[edit]

The writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon stated in their book Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, that a sequel to Reno 911!: Miami would not be produced because it did not do well enough at the box office. In the book, a treatment, or extensive outline of what the sequel would have been is included, entitled Reno 911!: SOS. The plot involved the characters of Reno 911! getting stuck on a deserted island with a serial killer on the loose.

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