YMMV / The Naked Gun

  • Adaptation Displacement: While it's more of a spin-off than a film version, the original TV series did not last very long and was not as popular as the movies, leading many people to believe that the franchise only exists as a movie trilogy.
  • Acceptable Political Targets: The Beirut council seen in the first film is a practical who's who of Acceptable Political Targets—communists, Islamists, military dictators, and... whatever the hell Gaddafi was.
  • Awesome Music:
    • In 33⅓ the music in the background during the starting of the Untouchables shootout parody.
    • The main theme that plays during the opening credits counts as well.
  • Creator Injoke: In The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad!, the montage of Drebin and Jane dating featuring "I'm Into Something Good" ends with a freeze-framed credit saying it's on The Naked Gun Soundtrack on Wheelo Records. The movie didn't have a soundtrack album came outnote , but when La-La Land Records issued all three scores on a 3-disc set, they have a logo for Wheelo Records on the packaging. (And yes, "I'm Into Something Good" is on the first disc.)
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The reason many of the gags work. Mook getting offed in a vat of... stuff in a hot dog factory? Not terribly funny. Big Bad later finds the mook's finger in his hot dog? Hilarious!
  • Ear Worm: In the first film, the fast ragtime piano piece that plays on the piano when Frank's wrecking Ludwig's apartment.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The repeated torment Nordberg (played by O.J. Simpson) suffers is either this or becomes even funnier, depending on your viewpoint. Especially the line that he "wouldn't hurt a fly" spoken by his on-screen wife. In the network TV version, when Frank, after unknowingly shutting down Nordberg's life support system and not noticing where the rushing hospital staff are headed, says "Just be glad you're not that guy's wife."
    • During the cop car opening credits in 33⅓ at one point it's flying around LA and headed straight for the tallest building only to sideswipe it at the last moment. Still very disturbing.
    • The Jewish man and Arab man being among the feuding parties at the ballgame to embrace each other after seeing and hearing Franks emotional plea to Jane. Obviously referencing a conflict that had been raging for decades at that point...and is still raging today.
    • Three times a person falls out of the top deck at the baseball stadium. It's played for laughs each time, but is significantly less funny after a man died in 2011 from falling from the upper deck at a Texas Rangers game while reaching for a ball. Just to make matters worse this happened right next to his six year-old son.
  • Harsher in Hindsight
    • It features O.J. Simpson, so this is pretty much a given for some people.
    • In the third film, a scene at a Los Angeles high school features every kid with a gun. Not so funny given the myriad of school shootings over the years.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • O.J. Simpson playing a cop.
    • The Hubble Space Telescope appearing on a "Wall of Failures" back before its mirror was fixed.
    • In , Frank casually mentions that he and Jane are ancient history, like the Democratic party. Guess who got elected only one year after this movie came out?
    • Drebin mangling the American national anthem only got funnier when Christina Aguilera did it in Super Bowl XLVII.
    • One man butchering his own national anthem? How about a army orchestra butchering other nations' anthems, three times, with their heads of state listening?
    • The scene with Drebin going to the bathroom with his radio mic on has happened in real life. Note the woman speaking trying valiantly not to laugh... and failing miserably.
    • Tanya attempting to distract the Price Waterhouse accountant becomes even funnier in the wake of the Best Picture mix-up at the 2017 Academy Awards. A Price Waterhouse accountant was apparently distracted by Emma Stone to the point that he handed the wrong envelope to Warren Beatty.
    • Gorbachev at the Beirut council saying the Americans "[believe he's] a nice guy". The film was released before his policies of perestroika and glasnost unintentionally led to the fall of the Iron Curtain, ironically improving his reputation in the West even more.
    • Frank "[shooting] the bastards" in the Shakespeare-in-the-Park's production of Julius Caesar is now this, thanks to the same production's recent controversy for its perceived violence by right wing supporters and sponsor Delta Airlines.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The "Manchurian candidates" for Vincent Ludwig's plot in the first movie, who go blank-faced and robotically intone: "I....must kill....[Name]" once they're "triggered." It's fairly frightening for younger viewers - particularly when it's revealed that Ludwig's final sleeper agent is Jane!
  • One-Scene Wonder: Numerous examples, though John Houseman's driving instructor from the first film is a particular standout. Also, "Weird Al" Yankovic appears in all three films in this capacity.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Seasonal Rot: It seems that every movie is relying on sexual/toilet humor more than the last.
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-universe. On the DVD commentary, the creators state the reason Frank and Jane come out of Platoon laughing their heads off is that an acquaintance thought the movie was hilariously bad and couldn't stop laughing at it.
  • Tearjerker: Frank's pleas for Jane to snap out of her hypnotic state at the end of the first film. Particularly this line:
    "If you don't love me, you might as well pull that trigger, because without you, I wouldn't want to live anyway."
    • While overall being very funny, the shots of everyone in the ballpark embracing because they're so moved by what they're seeing and hearing can be quite touching, especially of the Jewish man and the Arab man...and the mailman and the dog.


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