The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Here is proof that Chevy Chase’s brand of hu­mour has passed its use-by-date. In this squirmish com­edy, Chase plays Norman Rob­ber­son, a char­ac­ter not un­like his Na­tion­alLam­poon’s Clark Grizwald role. But where the Va­ca­tion movies at least had a spark of off-beat orig­i­nal­ity, Cop­sandRob­ber­sons is a sorry mish­mash of cliches. The Robbersons are a typ­i­cal mid­dle-Amer­i­can movie fam­ily – rather vague mum (Dianne Wi­est), bum­bling dad (Chase) and three not very ap­peal­ing kids, none of whom seem to have much time for the oth­ers. En­ter de­tec­tive Lt Jake Stone (Jack Palance) and his young part­ner Tony (David Barry Gray), as­signed to use the Robbersons’ house to stake out the coun­ter­feiter-cumkiller liv­ing next door. Lt Stone is the cop with the hard ex­te­rior but heart of gold who gets to solve the case and the fam­ily’s prob­lems all in un­der two hours. While Norman gets to play as­sis­tant to the cops, his at­tempts to help are so ridicu­lous they are down­right em­bar­rass­ing. ★★

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