Don Johnson back after 20 years for ‘Nash Bridges’ reunion movie

Don Johnson is none the worse for don in the 1st “Nash Bridges” reunion film, premiering Saturday (Nov. 27) at 9 p.m. on United states of america.

Positive, he’s 71 yrs outdated now and sporting a clueless goatee (is that intended to make him glimpse youthful?), but he’s cozy in his pores and skin as Nash Bridges, the really hard-charging, rule-bending Inspector for the SFPD however doing the job with his longtime lover, Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin, now 75 and looking a little bit bored) in current-day San Francisco.

That rule-bending will get Nash into problems in the opening sequence — a substantial-pace vehicle chase finish with pyrotechnics and squealing tires that will get him suspended from the power for what’s supposed to be two weeks. “Your cowboy cop times are around,” his boss, Lieutenant Lena Harris (Diarra Kilpatrick), tells him. But are they?

Slash to a year afterwards and Nash, however suspended and performing as a portion-time limo driver and bounty hunter (yep), is brought back onto the drive by New Age-y, politically suitable SIU cop Steve Colton (Joe Dinicol). Nash calls him “a millennial snowflake” and his investigative approaches, which include contacting perps by their first names throughout interrogation out of respect, get on his Nash’s nerves. Cue the gruff older cop vs. the by-the-e book beginner trope. Colton asks Nash’s enable in monitoring down the “Sunset Serial Killer” — who’s been terrorizing the city — and he, in transform, talks Joe, who’s now jogging a pot dispensary named Joe’s Barbary Coast (tagline: “Let’s be blunt: Joe is familiar with his stuff”), to be a part of him as a expert. The murders are joined to an underground earth and (of course) a gazillionaire tech guru. You will come across out the relaxation if you observe the movie.

Paul James and Don Johnson sitting at a bar and holding drinks in a scene from the "Nash Bridges" movie.
Paul James and Don Johnson in a scene from the “Nash Bridges” reunion film on United states.
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Followers of the authentic sequence, which aired on CBS from 1996-2001, will be forgiven if they feel like they’ve stepped into a time device. There is a lot of violence (I shed observe of the selection of men and women shot to death), gory fight scenes and overactive audio results (loads of splats) that harken again to the CBS variation. But which is Ok in the context of a reunion movie. Why meddle with a verified components? If it ain’t broke, do not take care of it, even if it is two decades later (it is all about the nostalgia component). Steve Franks has done a good job of this with his 3 “Psych” reunion motion pictures, which also air on United states, so possibly the community execs had been imagining together all those traces in bringing back “Nash Bridges.”

Jeff Perry returns as shut-in tech-head Harvey Leek — who has not remaining his household in about 6 several years — as does Nash’s yellow Barracuda convertible, a fixture in the unique collection. There is some lip assistance compensated to today’s times, which include a trans SIU colleague, Chloe Zane (Alexia Garcia), and Nash mentions his (unseen) grown daughter, Cassidy, in passing (she’s operating for Amy Intelligence). She was played in the original sequence by Jodi Lynn O’Keefe. Angela Ko and Paul James spherical out the SIU team as Ellie Tang and Keith “Philly” Morton.

Don Johnson and Cheech Marin in a scene from the original "Nash Bridges" series, holding guns and standing against a brick wall.
Don Johnson and Cheech Marin in the initial “Nash Bridges,” which aired on CBS from 1996-2001.
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The movie’s ending leaves the doorway wide open for a probable next installment of this iteration of “Nash Bridges.” That will count on viewership, and the two-hour film is briskly paced and intriguing enough to draw followers again for a second go-spherical must that be the scenario.

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