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Release Date: January 12, 1990
Genre: Police action adventure/comedy
Runtime: Approximately 95 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Richard Benjamin
Producer: Charles H. Maguire
Writer: Nat Mauldin
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Having lost his original partner, Dennis wants to avoid becoming close friends for fear of losing another partner, particularly one so green and inexperienced. At first, he is reluctant to open up to his new partner, but over time and through experiences together they teach each other new things they didn't know before.
It is learned the untouchable politician that was busted is corrupt and runs a car theft ring that's used as a front for bringing drugs into the country. That is, stolen cars are shipped to a South American country, then re-enter the U.S. loaded with cocaine, all of which is done through higher-ups in the police department. After getting beat up and shot at, the duo ultimately break up the ring.
An action-comedy that leans toward the style of LETHAL WEAPON 2, much of the humor comes from the black and white inter-play between the two policemen. For instance, there is a cute moment when Dennis' children, who have known nothing except "Rap" music, react to some "white" Beach Boys music given to them by Dennis' partner.
Though ever so subtle, the film carries a message about doing things by the book. At the film's conclusion, after a car chase and wreck, Dennis asks the corrupt politician, "Now may I see your license and registration?" implying that through doing things in order and established procedures, even the biggest felons can be apprehended. Unfortunately, this premise is slightly superficial. Although the acting by Forest Whitaker (Dennis) is good, and the chase scenes are exciting for action fans, they are overshadowed by the obscene language and gratuitous violence.