Is this why Naked Gun isn't particularly amusing? It's as if the series knew it was running out of things to caricature. How can Leslie Neilsen compete with Don Johnson in Guilty as Sin, an already absurd recycling of Jagged Edge, or with Madonna in Body of Evidence, a barmy Basic Instinct rip-off, or with Sharon Stone in the preposterous Sliver, which mates both Edge and Instinct? Indeed, in these post-modernist times, when the big-action flicks increasingly resemble animation (Demolition Man), and animation features characters infinitely more human than many current stars (check out Aladdin), you have to question the very notion of parody. Can it endure when all of Western pop culture is merging, flattening out and turning into one continuous cartoon?
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