Another Stakeout Review

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After a mildly successful first outing, the bickering cops return this time with Rosie O'Donnell in tow as they wait for a beautiful witness to reach her friend's house. However things don't go according to plan, needless to say with various obstacles along the way.


Unlike say, Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez were at one time permanently stuck in the thrall of Disney's Touchstone arm. Thus it is that they are reunited for what is really a too little, too late sequel to 1987's pleasant but unremarkable box office success. Six years on, Seattle detectives Chris Lecce (Dreyfuss) and Bill Reimers (Estevez) are still rubbing their captain up the wrong way, making wisecracks and busting people the hard and messy way.

When a vital witness for a mobster's trial goes on the run, and, it is hoped, will reach friends who live on an island in Puget Sound, the duo are dispatched to the house next door to mount 24-hour surveillance. As "cover" they are saddled with Rosie O'Donnell's eager beaver assistant D.A. and in true sitcom tradition the trio are so busy playing pranks and having noisy contretemps that they scarcely have time to monitor the folks next door.

To the scenario — which is boosted by O'Donnell's sporting work as the butt of numerous wheezes — the requisite action is eventually added, with the target's appearance and the convergence of hit man, Feds, et al. An unbilled Madeleine Stowe checks in as the surveillance subject Chris wooed in the original, while for no apparent reason Sharon Maughan of the Gold Blend romantic saga does a twirl. Ultimately nothing to get too excited about, this is another instantly dismissable diversion, earning itself a generous extra star for comfortable familiarity and the amiability of its stars

A typical 90's comedy featuring staples Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez who re-hash their 'cheeky cops' schtick from the first picture and are now joined by O'Donnell who tries to inject more humour allowing us to forgive the lack of an engaging story. Sadly this is where all three fail.