`Reno 911!: Miami' should be arrested

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February 23, 2007|By Gene Seymour | Gene Seymour,Newsday

Sketch comedy thrives on TV. Its hit-and-miss nature is perfect for a medium that allows the viewer to walk away for a few minutes. The movies are less tolerant: If you don't hit the target every time, you've got some explaining to do. The heroes of Reno 911!: Miami frequently miss their targets -- or hit the wrong ones -- and are left with too much explaining to do.

If you're familiar with Reno: 911 on Comedy Central, you need no introduction to this doltish octet of law enforcers led by gung-ho Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon), the flamboyantly gay lieutenant of the Reno, Nev., sheriff's department, who won't go on patrol without hot pants.

Reno 911!: Miami (20th Century Fox) Starring Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Niecy Nash, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Mary Birdsong. Directed by Robert Ben Garant. Rated R. Time: 86 minutes.

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