Short Takes: May 25, 1992

CINEMA

Smoking Gun, Nonstop Excess

IT'S SWEET OF MURTAUGH (DANNY GLOVer) to keep pulling unlighted cigarettes out of his partner's mouth. Since the cops' lives are a nonstop succession of explosions, fire fights and car chases, lung cancer is probably the last thing Riggs (Mel Gibson) needs to worry about. The last thing the makers of LETHAL WEAPON 3 worried about was a complex story -- it's simply about stolen guns. The idea was to push the action to a level of excess where it turns parodistically comic, and this is done expertly. They've brought back Joe Pesci as a goofy...

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