Michael J. Fox plays a pampered movie star, known for a series of dumb action films. He wants to get a part in an upcoming cop drama and decides to research his role by partnering with James Woods, an actual cop on the trail of a serial killer. This one was actually somewhat well-received.
Showtime follows straight-laced detective Robert De Niro partnered up with zany aspiring actor beat cop Eddie Murphy as they are forced to film a reality show about their lives as police officers. Audiences realized they could pretty much get the same experience for free at home by watching a rerun of Cops and stayed away.
Written by a former police officer/real estate broker/screenwriter, Hollywood Homicide stars Josh Hartnett as a cop who wants to be an actor (again?) and Harrison Ford as a police officer moonlighting as a real estate broker who is trying to solve a murder. Audiences apparently didn't find the writer's own life story as fascinating as he did.
Gene Hackman is no-nonsense. Dan Aykroyd has multiple personality disorder, which causes him to do nonstop impressions of fictional characters. They are chasing after a long lost tape of Hitler being uh, intimate with a young German officer. The result: 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jack Palance, who is desperately trying to catch a murderer, has to live in Chevy Chase's house, which is next door to the one the killer is staying in. Chevy annoys Jack. This goes on for 93 minutes. Somehow, this is from the same director who made Fletch and The Bad News Bears.
Pacino and De Niro do not share any scenes in The Godfather Part II and only a couple of scenes in Heat. This led to a lot of people being excited for this pairing of the two. That excitement quickly turned to sadness after seeing the movie.
Anthony Michael Hall plays a homicide detective who botches a sting, discovers a gnome and decides to partner up with that gnome to catch a killer and clear his name. The movie was directed by Stan Winston, the man who created the Predator, the Terminator and the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. Let's never speak of it again.
Jay Leno and Mr. Miyagi investigate the theft of a Japanese automobile turbocharger. Collision Course was filmed in 1989, but went unreleased until 1992 due to the production running out of money before the end of shooting. It doesn't even hit the level of mediocrity expected of Jay Leno.
The first Stakeout was a critical and box office success. Another Stakeout decided to recycle the premise of the first film and throw in Rosie O'Donnell for pretty much no reason. I don't think I need to say any thing more.
Turner & Hooch and K9 were both box office hits in 1989. For some reason, the producers of Top Dog decided that waiting six years to release another buddy dog/cop film was a good idea. Top Dog was the last theatrically released Chuck Norris film until The Expendables 2 came out, 17 years later.
Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson spoof the Lethal Weapon films (and every other buddy cop film) in this under-appreciated gem of a comedy. Complete with references to movies as diverse as Nosferatu, Wayne's World and Silence of the Lambs, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 is an absolute tour de farce.
Dragnet was one of the most serious, straight-laced shows ever put on television. This made it perfect to poke fun at, but the movie version can't seem to decide whether it wants to do so or act as a straightforward adaptation. Either way, it thankfully left us with one of the weirdest music videos of all time.
Adam Sandler plays a petty crook who is partnered up with Damon Wayans, an LAPD detective, who has to escort him across the country to testify against a slumming James Caan. Bulletproof didn't even make back its 25 million dollar budget, and sports a dreadful 8% on Rotten Tomatoes.
What can be said about the Big Momma's franchise that hasn't already been said? In this third installment, Martin Lawrence and his son inexplicably have to don fat suits to go into witness protection at an all-girls college.
The plot of going into hiding in drag is recognizable from the classic Billy Wilder film Some Like It Hot. None of that movie's success transfers over.
A young boy witnesses a murder and in exchange for information, demands to be deputized as a cop, which is his life's dream. He is partnered with curmudgeonly Burt Reynolds, who apparently hates children. Noted film critic Leonard Maltin gave the film the rating of "a hemorrhoid and a half."
Sylvester Stallone's elderly mother (played by Estelle Getty) decides to move in with him and insert herself into his job. Stallone himself sums up the movie perfectly by saying it was "maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we've never seen." The movie made a 25 million dollar profit.
Whoopi Goldberg plays a future cop who is partnered with a talking T-Rex as they try to stop a madman from starting a new ice age. This was a 33 million dollar straight-to-video film, making it one of the most expensive non theatrical releases of all time. It was originally intended for theatrical release, but those plans fell apart due to production trouble, including Whoopi trying to back out at the last minute. Who can blame her?
A cop by the name of Roger Mortis (groan) is killed on the job and reanimated as a zombie who tries to solve his own murder alongside his partner, a ridiculously muscular Joe Piscopo. Take my word for it, the best part of the movie is a brief appearance by Vincent Price.
The Yakuza start terrorizing a city. A martial arts-trained cop decides to stop them by any means necessary. Samurai Cop was never released theatrically and its production quality is below that of most 1980s job training videos.
Wonderfully, a sequel came out in 2015 starring two former adult film stars and Tommy Wiseau.
Ooh boy. This one's bad. Partners is about a couple of cops who don't see eye-to-eye on a lot of things and are forced to partner up. Sounds pretty cliché, but the twist is that they don't get along because one is gay. This leads to some pretty uncomfortable viewing in the present day.
It stars John Hurt and Ryan O'Neal, who was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor of the Decade thanks to his performance.