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'Hot Shots! Part Deux'

August 27, 1995|Kevin Thomas

For this silly 1993 diversion, Charlie Sheen (pictured, with Valerie Golino) got in super shape to send up Sylvester Stallone and his "Rambo" movies. Actually, director Jim Abrahams and writer Pat Proft spoof no fewer than 30 pictures in this summer comedy in which Sheen's indomitable Topper Harley is the only man capable of rescuing American hostages, plus two sets of unsuccessful rescuers, from Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Abrahams and Proft deflate those movies that exploit violence in the name of patriotism. At the same time, their nonstop humor keeps spirits lifted and smiles on our faces (Cinemax Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.).

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