"Dragnet" (the movie) is basically a bland, weak-humored attempt at a parody based on the old television show of the same title. Despite Tom Hanks and Dan Akroyd, two normally terrific comedians, "Dragnet" has no punch to it, and the one-liners are funny only during a few rare moments. The story-line seeks to imitate a typical Dragnet TV show with two detectives searching for the perpetrator of a series of crimes. Furthermore, the movie is comprised almost entirely of scenes in which Hanks and Akroyd plod across the screen chattering through senseless stale jokes and investigating a nonsensical crime. A pure waste of time, Dragnet is a lousy remake of the original Police Squad stories, and to be honest, renting an original episode of Dragnet may be funnier than renting this movie.
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