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VICE ACADEMY 5 (1996) **

Undercover vice cop Candy (Elizabeth Kaitan) gets a new partner named Traci (Raelyn Saalman) and they engage in the usual Vice Academy shenanigans.  Meanwhile, the Commissioner’s computer nerd son Irwin (Chad Gabbert) creates a Virtual Reality Hooker named Heidi Ho (J.J. North) who escapes from cyberspace and starts turning tricks in the police station parking lot.  It’s up to Candy and Traci to bust the buxom binary bimbo and bring her to justice.

 

Vice Academy 5 is slightly better than the other Vice Academy sequels, although that really isn’t saying much.  All the stuff involving the Virtual Reality Hooker is kinda funny but VIRTUALLY (pun!) nothing is done with her character.  There is a funny bit where she gives her clients sexually transmitted computer viruses though.  (Virtual VD?)  Sadly, director/writer/producer Rick Sloane couldn’t decide whether or not to make her into a sexual mentor (a la Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science) or a legitimate villain and as a result, the character doesn’t have as much of an impact as she should’ve.  

 

It’s not North’s fault though.  She’s super smoking hot, gets naked a lot and seems to be having a lot of fun.  Kaitan and Saalman also have some nice nude scenes as well, making this the most tit-ccentric Vice Academy movie since the first one.

 

Despite having a bunch of boobies, Vice Academy 5 falls flat in a couple other areas.  Way too much time is spent on the Commissioner (Jay Richardson) and Ms. Devonshire’s (Jayne Hamil) crumbling marriage.  Their counseling scenes aren’t very funny and get in the way of the VR Hooker stuff.  The film also reeks of shameless self-promotion on Sloane’s behalf.  (Several Hobgoblin hand puppets can be seen in the background as well as posters for Sloane’s other films.)  It’s still marginally better than say, Virtuosity. 

 

Even though Vice Academy 5 isn’t very good, I have to hand it to Sloane for one thing:  Although he made the film in 1996, it still looks like it was made in 1988.  I don’t know how he did it or what kind of camera he used, but it’s pretty uncanny how everything looks like it came from the 80’s.  You have to respect that.

 

Vice Academy 5 also has the benefit of a smattering of funny lines.  My favorite came when Ms. Devonshire asks the Commissioner if he wants a little “TLC”.  He responds with, “You know I hate rap music!”

North, Richardson, and Saalman all starred in the classic Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold the previous year.

Tags: comedy, sequel, v, vice academy series
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