25 Films of Christmas: Lethal Weapon

Posted: December 15, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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Tonight friends we will answer that age old question: How do you make a Christmas movie better? I mean you’ve got the festive occasion, eggs have been nogged, trees are lit, theres the family holiday tension that results in laughter and everyone is all shits and giggles by the end, so how do you improve on that. In 1987 we got our answer. You make a buddy cop Christmas movie, ones a family man getting ready to retire, the other is cuckoo banana pants mix em together and you get Lethal Weapon.

Our Holiday cheerfest begins on December 14th when a drugged out, half naked chick believes she’s R. Kelly from the Space Jam soundtrack and lands on a car below. Then we meet our detectives at their respective houses, one trying to bathe, the other trying to eat a lead filled midnight snack. They meet the next day at the station when Murtaugh mistakes Riggs for a bad guy. After introductions are made the pair get up to the usual buddy cop antics, solving crimes, chasing bad guys, Gary Busey shows up all creepy-crazy (still not sure if he was cast or just wandered in) and by the time the credits roll they’ve become best friends and we’re left wanting more.

I love Lethal Weapon. It was possibly my first introduction to both Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, who went on to make three sequels to this film, although I still haven’t seen the fourth one, it doesn’t change the fact that this is another of my favorite action packed Christmas movies. For those reasons, Lethal Weapon gets a ranking of: You’re Never Too Old For This Shit. Till next time friends, stay entertained.




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