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Reno 911!: Miami
Reno 911 miami.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Ben Garant
Produced by
Written by
Based on Reno 911!
by Robert Ben Garant
Thomas Lennon
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Starring
Music by Craig Wedren
Cinematography Joe Kessler
Edited by John Refoua
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • February 23, 2007 (2007-02-23)
Running time
80 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million[2]
Box office $22 million[2]

Reno 911!: Miami is a 2007 cop comedy film based on Comedy Central's Reno 911! and directed by cast member Robert Ben Garant, who plays "Junior". Distributed in the United States by 20th Century Fox alongside Comedy Central Films, the film was released on February 23, 2007 to mixed reviews from critics, most of whom say that fans of the show will appreciate it more than those not familiar with the material.

Plot[edit]

The film 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 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 seems to be a hub of illegal activities. After partying most of the night, most of the police officers unsuccessfully attempt to seduce one another at the motel, with the guys eventually turning to pleasuring themselves to the shock of the ones outside.

As everyone recovers from their hangovers, Johnson discovers a tattoo on her breast of a mystery man. The team return to the convention to see if their tickets were found, but discover the building has been the subject of a bio-chemical terrorist attack that has quarantined the police inside. The only city official left outside is assistant deputy mayor Jeff Spoder. The head of National Security asks Reno Sheriffs Department to provide law enforcement for Miami Beach. A high-ranking SWAT agent, Rick "The Condor" Smith, arrives on the scene to give a pep talk, but soon ends up blowing himself up with a grenade he had unpinned during the talk.

The team assume the Miami Sheriff's responsibilities, and respond to several emergency calls including an alligator in a swimming pool; street prostitution that leads to Reno: 911 regular Terry who is in town to record an album; and a dead beached whale, which they eventually remove by blowing it up. Jones and Garcia are repeatedly kidnapped by Ethan, a drug lord who tries to act like Tony Montana from Scarface. Spoder fires the team for their incompetence, but as the team brings a cake to apologize to him they discover Spoder in cahoots with Ethan to create a drug empire. Spoder kills Ethan and escapes with the bio-terrorism 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, but Wiegel, who had been piloting the helicopter, accidentally blows Spoder up.

The antidote is distributed, and the Reno Sheriff's Department are eventually congratulated by their peers for their actions. Dangle accepts a job at the Sheriff's Department at Aspen, who had 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 zero-tolerance policy forbidding homosexual sheriffs. Dangle continues the briefing, and reveals the group have been invited to a convention at Scotland Yard.

Cast[edit]

Production[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 film. 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 and subsequent theme song "Do Little Things", is performed by "Changing Faces and Ivan Matias". 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 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.

Filming[edit]

Principal photography took place throughout March 2006 in Miami and Southern California.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Reno 911!: Miami opened in 2,702 venues and earned $10,273,477 in its debut, ranking fourth in the North American box office and second among the week's new releases.[3] The film ended its run on May 3, 2007 with $20,342,161 domestically and $1,679,101 overseas for a worldwide total of $22,021,262. Based on a $10 million budget, the film was a moderate success.[2]

Critical response[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. It holds a 34% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 96 reviews, with an average of 5/10. The site's consensus states: "Reno 911!'s anarchic brand of comedy loses much in translation to the big screen where it feels slapdash and shallow."[4] Metacritic reports a 47 out of 100 score based on 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

Home media[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.[6]

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

Cancelled sequel[edit]

Writers Garant and Lennon stated in their book Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, that a sequel would not be produced because it did not perform 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reno 911!: Miami (15)". British Board of Film Classification. January 15, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Reno 911!: Miami (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. May 3, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for February 23-25, 2007". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. February 26, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Reno 911!: Miami (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved June 22, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Reno 911!: Miami Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2007/RN911-DVD.php

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