Box art for Dragnet (1987)

Dragnet (1987)

action & adventure, comedy

Just the facts: Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd star as unlikely partners in this hysterically funny action-comedy that pays homage to the famed original police drama of the '50s and '60s.

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PAUSE for kids age 13
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
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3 out of 5

Lots of naughty behavior, laughs in TV cop spoof.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are sexual shenanigans here, given a subplot about a millionaire porn merchant and a heroine stated to be a confirmed virgin. Pretty much nude is an exotic dancer wearing only nipple pasties and a thong. A storm of swear words issue from one female character old enough to be a grandmother (that's apparently the joke). Violent acts include bloodless gun violence, car crashes/police chases, and a modified tank as battering ram. A powerful priest with Jerry Falwell/Pat Robertson attributes turns out to be a lascivious, devil-worshipping master villain. His outdoor Satanist ritual looks like a big party (with Nazi rally overtones). There is a winking attitude towards drugs, drinking, and smoking. An older Dragnet exists on video -- also co-starring Harry Morgan -- but it's the original straight version, not this popular comedy.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of cop movies, TV shows, and other media, from the Dick Tracy comic strip all the way to CSI. Do they make kids want to be police officers? Ask some real-life officers if Joe Friday or other fictional characters inspired them to go into law enforcement. Or do they relate to any of these outlandish, outsized Hollywood versions at all? So kids get a full appreciation of Dan Aykroyd's Friday impersonation, check out some of the vintage TV show on DVD or streaming online.

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3 stars

Funny movie version of the classic show. Great dry humor here throughout the whole film like a more deadpan/detective-like Fletch.

- Chiefilms, Thursday, July 9, 2009

3 stars

THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY! Classic 80's comedy with Hanks in his silly prime and Aykroyd when he was in everything haha. There are some genius moments of comedy gold in this film that just elevate it, its much like the 'Starsky n Hutch' or 'The Dukes of Hazzard' remakes in which they sent up the original somewhat but keep it close to its original format in terms of concepts. Its really underrated and overlooked frankly, the pairing of Hanks n Aykroyd is fantastic, Aykroyd being so so funny as a stuck up jobsworth and Hanks is perfect in a slick laidback role much like his other 80's characters. Its all very cheesy but there's some good action in here, nice soundtrack and excellent cast, wish they made em like this still hehe.

- phubbs1, Monday, December 5, 2011

2 stars

Affectionate send-up of an old TV show that's never laugh out loud funny, but Ackroyd and Hanks make a reasonably amusing chalk and cheese double act, mainly because of Ackroyd's deadpan performance.

- garyX, Saturday, July 14, 2007