Note to reader: I wrote the first version of this column on Aug. On the heels of Pat Morita's emotional death, I'm updating that column with a few extra jokes and comments -- after all, I've probably watched it another 10 times since then -- then ranking it in the Top 73 once and for all. Miyagi, rest in peace. Webster's definition for a trilogy: "A series of three dramas or literary works or sometimes three musical compositions that are closely related and develop a single theme. Sports Guy's definition for a movie trilogy: "A series of three dramas in which the first movie did so well, they couldn't help themselves, so they brought everyone back to make more money in an uninspired sequel, only that one did pretty well, too, so they brought everyone back again for a third movie, just to beat the dead horse completely into the ground.
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They sprinkle a generous supply of topical gags the Reagan joke is balanced by a Jimmy Carter joke and adolescent sex jokes the heroine, played by Lucy Gutteridge, informs Nick that her name, Hillary, means "she whose bosoms defy gravity" over a dizzying succession of generic spoofs. Beyond the basic sendup, which is of World War II-vintage spy movies, they work in parodies of Bond-style adventures and beach-blanket and malt-shop rock-'n'-roll musicals. Omar Sharif is the veteran star recruited to mock his image and collect the good-sport award from audiences. The dictum that less is more means nothing here; pace and profligacy are everything. This time, though, the creative group has neglected to build to the kind of giddy, everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink climax that made Airplane!
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Derek McLane will design the sets. Kesuke Miyagi played by Morita agrees to teach him karate, plus important lessons in discipline and self-confidence. I was never a big musical theater person. He represents who we all want in our lives — a kind and gentle father figure who has the answer to everything. Miyagi being played by a white guy.