I had difficulty deciding how to rate Lethal Weapon. On one hand Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, playing the LAPD officer protagonists Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, were clearly putting in effort. The film was shot better than many of the action movies from this era with which I am familiar. This is an action film, and the action scenes in this movie were also extremely well done, although they were clustered toward the end of the film, making for a slow first half. On the other hand, the opening half hour plays straight every action movie cliche imaginable. A person high on drugs decides to jump off a high rise balcony? Check. An emotionally scarred war veteran/police officer puts a gun to his head but is unable to pull the trigger? Check. A police department decides to pair an older by-the-book cop with a reckless, hot-headed youngster who has no business being on the force? Check. The movie also has some obvious plot holes. For instance, Martin is transferred to homicide because of an incident while working in narcotics. Homicide is normally more prestigious than narcotics, so Martin was demoted upwards. Ultimately, I didn't enjoy Lethal Weapon quite enough to recommend, but I can see someone with a greater tolerance for action movie cliches enjoying the film quite a bit. After all, while Lethal Weapon may be a dumb movie even by '80s action movie standards, dumb entertainment still has a place.