"Hot Shots!" Retro-Sheen review

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Hot Shots! 1991Jim AbrahamsJim AbrahamsCharlie Sheen,Cary Elwes,Valeria Golino,Lloyd Bridges,Jon Cryer,Kristy Swanson Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Hot Shots!(1991)
 

There was a time when the warlock himself, Charlie Sheen wasn’t so full of himself and tiger’s blood. During this time he made some good movies and he made some cheesy shit. This one qualifies as the latter and he hasn’t aimed higher ever since. He may brag about how great he is, but he hasn’t really tried to do anything “great” since 1990 or perhaps a smidge earlier.

“Hot Shots!” is a film that mocks other movies of the time like “Top Gun” and other military films of the ‘80s. Charlie Sheen plays Lt. Topper Harley a character as two dimensional as he sounds. He’s there only to ham up the pun after pun after pun. While the puns aren’t that bad and the movie entertain it is cheesy shit.

The performances are good enough in the ridiculously over-hammed-up way that you’d expect it to be. It feels a lot like “Airplane” while watching it and even shares a Lloyd Bridges from the series. Valeria Golino stands out in the crowd as she amps up the sexy to some ridiculous lines and situations. Her performance is probably the best in the film. Kristy Swanson who co-stars in “The Chase” has a cameo, as does Jon Cryer from “Two and a Half Men.”

The jokes are still funny enough to get a chuckle, but not enough to laugh out loud at. If we recall correctly “Hot Shots! Part Deux” might hold up a bit better.

Does the Adonis DNA show up in this film? No. Does the tiger’s blood provide a brilliant performance from Sheen? Has it ever? Does he use his warlock blood cast a spell on us as an audience? Nah, but it doesn’t bore us to death.

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