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December is the month of Christmas. There are many films that are set at Christmas time, and a lot those movies will be reviewed this month. One of these films is the classic action film "Lethal Weapon," which was released in 1987. Not commonly conceived as holiday fare, "Lethal Weapon" offers a route for action fan to get into the December spirit.

It stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as unlikely police partners. Gibson plays Martin Riggs, who lives in a funky trailer and is near-suicidal after the death of his wife. Glover plays Roger Murtaugh, who lives in a big house and has a lively and loving family. Since he recently turned 50, the more physical demands of police work are an increasing vexation on him. The partners are investigating the death of a young woman. She took drugs and jumped out the widow of a building. It is soon discovered that the drugs were laced with poison and that her death was likely murder, not an accident or suicide. This launches them into a tumultuous investigation.

"Lethal Weapon" features one of Mel Gibson's best performances. Other characters believe Martin is only acting crazy. Gibson plays him so well we are not sure whether or not it is an act. Glover is equally good, showing Roger is more wholesome.

There are many great action scenes in the film. One is the final fight between Martin and the villain, played by Gary Busey. And all of this is set against a southern California Yuletide season.

The sequels to "Lethal Weapon" are funnier than the original, which is a lot darker. But it is probably the best of the series.

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