Five years after Top Gun blasted the box office, Director Jim Abrahams (Airplane, The Naked Gun) and writer Pat Proft (Police Academy, Naked Gun) created the laugh-out-loud parody HOT SHOTS.
With about the same hit & miss ratio of hilarious and stupid gags that The Naked Gun movies featured (and we still laugh our butts off at those every couple years), HOT SHOTS delivers plenty of laughs.
Pre-Tiger Blood Charlie Sheen has a lot of fun spoofing everything from Top Gun to Bond as Topper Harley, an ace pilot with plenty of instability issues around his famous pilot father Buzz.
Throw in the fall over funny Lloyd Bridges as Admiral Benson, Cary Elwes as a rival pilot and Valeria Golina as the love interest and you have a game comedic cast, playing it mostly straight for bigger chuckles.
Admiral Benson: [while standing on top of the aircraft carrier, his cap blew off and landed in the ocean] Holy Cow! My cap blew off! Swing her round. We'll pick it up.
Officer: But, sir, we're on the mission.
Admiral Benson: Good thinking. We'll pick it up on the way back. We gotta mark the spot, though. Put Robinowitz in a life raft. Have him row in circles until we return.
Officer: It could be days.
Admiral Benson: Then put some food in the life raft, for god's sake, man. Do I have to think of everything? We'll tape his favorite shows, he won't miss anything.
The visual gags never stop and most of them land. If you're in a mood for goofy humor, you can do a lot worse than HOT SHOTS! We'll give it a solid B. Not quite Airplane or The Naked Gun, but pretty darn close!
Followed in 1993 by Hot Shots! Part Deux.