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National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)



Critic Consensus: Loaded Weapon 1 hits all the routine targets with soft squibs, yielding a tired parody that cycles through its laundry list of references with little comedic verve.

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The Lethal Weapon series and the rest of the buddy-cop genre receives the parody treatment in this low-brow comedy. Emilio Estevez stars as Jack Colt, the Mel Gibson-like loose cannon, while Samuel L. Jackson assumes the Danny Glover role as Wes Luger, his exasperated partner. Together, Colt and Luger investigate the murder of Luger's former partner (Whoopi Goldberg) and discover a criminal conspiracy led by the nefarious General Mortars (William Shatner). Hoping to mimic the success of the Naked Gun films, director Gene Quintano (of Police Academy 4 fame) loaded the film with broad visual gags, deadpan slapstick, and gratuitous parodies of The Silence of the Lambs, Basic Instinct, and other movies. The attempt to mimic successful parodies proved ineffective, however, as critics and viewers alike found the parody stale and the juvenile humor dreary.

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Emilio Estevez
as Jack Colt
Jon Lovitz
as Becker
Tim Curry
as Jigsaw
Kathy Ireland
as Destiny Demeanor
William Shatner
as Gen. Mortars
F. Murray Abraham
as Harold Leacher
Denis Leary
as Mike McCracken
Corey Feldman
as Young Cop
Phil Hartman
as Comic Cop
Whoopi Goldberg
as Sgt. York
Bruce Willis
as Man Whose House Is Attacked
Frank McRae
as Captain Doyle
Dhiru Shah
as Translator
as Hindu
Tom Bruggeman
as Mini-Mart Punk
Danny Castle
as Mini-Mart Punk
Bill Nunn
as Police Photographer
Lin Shaye
as Witness
Robert Earl Willis
as Armanied Cop
Paul Gleason
as FBI Agent
Ken Ober
as Dooley
Charles Napier
as Interrogator
Lauren Abels
as Police Psychiatrist
Richard Moll
as Prison Attendant
Beverly Johnson
as Doris Luger
J.T. Walsh
as Desk Clerk
Erik Estrada
as Himself
Larry Wilcox
as Himself
Jake Johannsen
as Drug Dealer
Sherry Bilsing
as Cookie Receptionist
Allyce Beasley
as Spinach Destiny
Hank Cheyne
as Stormtrooper
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Critic Reviews for National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (11)

There may not be a laugh every minute, but there are enough to satisfy most devotees of the relentlessly silly, tasteless school of parody.

August 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There is enough material to provide grins and, sometimes, guffaws.

August 11, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If I listened closely, I could hear faint snores. (The more I think about it, they might have been my own.)

August 11, 2020 | Full Review…

A raucous parody of bodies-through-the-plate-glass-window action flicks, the movie has been made in a slavish but pedestrian imitation of the Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker house style.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: C

More an imitation than a parody, this would-be comedy is very short on laughs and gives away virtually all of them in its coming-attractions trailer.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

A new low in lame spoofery.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

Gene Quintano brings out the senseless comedy in National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1.

Riding the coat tails of Lethal Weapon and turning upside down, inside out, and sideways, this 75 minute comedic feature entertains more than it annoys.

The humor is slapstick and over the top. The constant barrage of comedy antics require little to no thinking and is easily relatable, and not just focusing on sexual and racist remarks.

Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson deliver their over-acting performances in fitting style of this picture. William Shatner, Tim Curry, and Kathy Ireland are notable cast members.

Loaded Weapon 1 gets the most out of its humor and is a quick relaxing sit through.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


This may be old, this may be cheesy, and this may be a parody, but this has got to be one of the most insanely funny films I have seen! When you stick Samuel L. Jackson in anything, it tends to be good, and in this situation, it was amazing! There are ridiculous references to so many classic films such as Silence Of The Lambs, Wayne's World, Die Hard, and, of course, Lethal Weapon. There's not much to say when it comes down to the story: cop's partner dies (in a ridiculous way), cop annoyed, cop paired up with a rookie, pair try to take down a corporation trying to spread cocaine in cookies, the usual! What I find best about this film is the cameos from people like Charlie Sheen, and the amazingly comical lines, rip-offs and jokes that come out time after time, after time. For those people, however, that do not find much to films such as Scary Movie, or Superhero Movie, stay well away from this film. If not, then please, welcome aboard, and let the film's total randomness entice you and take you on a hysterical journey...

BG Movie Reviews 2011
BG Movie Reviews 2011

Super Reviewer

Second-rate spoof flick with an embarrasingly low laugh count. I really wanted to like this, but with all the clumsy directing and even worse writing, it's more like the 90's equivalent of a Seltzer & Friedberg movie. Jokes need to be witty and rapid in order to work within the parody realm, and here they are neither. I might have been better if they had given the lead role to Charlie Sheen. But instead he just gets a small cameo, while his lesser-talented brother Emilio takes up most of the screen time. A watchable "comedy" overall, but if you were to ask for my advice, I'd suggest you take a pass on it.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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