Reno 911!: Miami

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A numerical movie that doesn't hinge at all on the number 23 (save for its opening date), "Reno 911! Miami" takes its cue from the popular Comedy Central series, which, in turn, is a goof on that granddaddy of reality shows, "Cops."

There are enough pleasantly irreverent moments here that would cut together for a swell episode of the heavily improvised series, which is in its fourth season, but as a feature-length proposition, there are so many occasions where it just sits there that the film could issue itself a ticket for loitering.

As a result, it's unlikely the Fox and Paramount presentation will build on its fan base, meaning that even with the promise of naughtier bits, "Reno Miami" will nab just modest numbers with a greater payoff on DVD.

While it shares a certain languid comic sensibility with Broken Lizard's "Super Troopers," the "Reno" force has the edge in the amiably goofy characters department -- from the short-shorts-sporting Lt. Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon) to the extremely, uh, bootylicious Deputy Raineesha Williams (Niecy Nash).

For their first big-screen outing, Reno's not-so-finest travel to Miami, ostensibly to attend a National Police Convention, but when their credentials fail to turn up, they get left out in the street.

Although they're initially quite content to soak up the Florida sunshine, their makeshift vacation is cut short after a bioterrorist attack presses them into action when all the other police forces are stuck in the convention center.

The plot doesn't really thicken any more than that, with a semblance of a script by director Robert Ben Garant (he also plays the part of Deputy Travis Junior) along with Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver (Deputy Trudy Wiegel) that's flimsier than Dangle's hot pants.

That deliberately loose structure might serve the sketch performers well on the small screen -- the writing trio previously comprised the State, a comedy troupe that had its own series on MTV -- but the demands of the big screen call for something a little more substantial than "insert improvised dialogue here."

While several members of the cast valiantly fill the void where they can, these fish out of water could have made a greater high-definition splash if they had been thrown an occasional line or two rather than counting on inspiration to wash over them.

RENO 911! MIAMI
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures present in association with Comedy Central a High Sierra Carpeting/Jersey Films/Double Feature Films production
Credits:
Director: Robert Ben Garant
Screenwriters: Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon & Kerri Kenney-Silver
Producers: Danny DeVito, Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, John Landgraf
Executive producers: Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver
Peter Principato, Paul Young
Director of photography: Joe Kessler
Editor: John Refoua
Costume designer: Maryann Bozek
Music: Craig Wedren
Cast:
Deputy James Garcia: Carlos Alazraqui
Deputy Cherisha Kimball: Mary Birdsong
Deputy Travis Junior: Robert Ben Garant
Deputy Trudy Wiegel: Kerri Kenney-Silver
Lt. Jim Dangle: Thomas Lennon
Deputy Clementine Johnson: Wendi McLendon-Covey
Deputy Raineesha Williams: Niecy Nash
Deputy S. Jones: Cedric Yarbrough
Running time -- 81 minutes
MPAA rating: R
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