Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan, Alexandra Paul
Director: Tom Mankiewicz
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
The line between parody and tribute can be hard to draw, but any marginally hip baby boomer who ever watched Jack Webb's straight-laced Detective Joe Friday caught a glimmer of the comedic vein waiting to be mined beneath ... more »
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Just The Facts, And Maybe A Little Humor If You Got Some
Flap Jackson | State Road, NC | 07/11/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Let's face it: Dragnet is by no means a good movie. Just look at the ridiculous plot that after all these years, I still can't find the reasoning behind. It's just an excuse to get Tom Hanks & Dan Akyroyd into goat leggings. Still, this is one of Dan Aykroyd's best film roles, and young Tom Hanks is a lot of fun as well. Aykroyd has the perfect voice for the narration, and he does a stupendous job playing the deadpan seriousness and dedication of Joe Friday, while still cracking some classic jokes. Yes, this movie is proof that Dan Akyroyd once had a career, and was once very funny. Tom Hanks is of course Tom Hanks, but still rather funny in that Tom Hanks way, going from not serious, to serious, to funny, to cracking wise. Plus, you have Harry Morgan who everybody loves, and that still catchy theme. Sure, you could have taken out all the crappy 80s-ness of it all, including that god-awful "rap" over the credits, but hey, you pay a price to see a good Aykroyd.
Overall, everything relating to the main duo is very good. Everything not relating to them is very bad. Watch it once, watch it twice, just soak in your Aykroyd appropriately, and take just the comedy facts: The only two things that separate humans and animals are our ability to use cutlery, and the ability to resist our primal urges."