Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon

DVD - 2007
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Film series about two Los Angeles police detectives.


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Aug 14, 2018

Man, all four "Lethal Weapon" films in one place. That's a lot of lethality! Some might say too much. LETHAL WEAPON (1987): The original, scripted by Shane Black, is the darkest and most violent. There are fewer quips and less buddy rapport. Mel Gibson's character is borderline psychotic and occasionally suicidal. We meet him in his trailer, bare butted, bemulleted, having a morning beer. All the principal characters are Vietnam vets and both Gibson and Glover would later do Vietnam movies ("Bat 21" and "Air America," respectively.). It's the 80s, so drugs are the crime. Gary Busey is maybe the best bad guy of the series. More like Scary Busey! Also, it's set at Christmas. LETHAL WEAPON 2 (1989): Fans call this "The Deuce." The addition of Joe Pesci adds more levity, although there's nothing funny about racist South Africans led by Joss Ackland. There's more Gibson/Glover chemistry and more senseless destruction. Patsy Kensit makes the mistake of getting involved with Gibson. LETHAL WEAPON 3 (1992): The series is kinda on autopilot by the third entry. Pesci's back, Rene Russo joins up. The crooked cop villain is really boring, except for his mustache. They do blow up a building because, well, they're not very good cops. LETHAL WEAPON 4 (1998): Phew, running on fumes here. Really jokey, really lame. Jet Li (As a bad guy. The indignity!) and Chris Rock join the cast. Vaguely racist agains its Chinese characters. All 4 films directed by Richard Donner, who also did "Maverick" and "Conspiracy Theory" with Gibson.


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