This formula has been copied ad nausem in the intervening 23 years since the release of that movie. Including 3 more times by the producers of the original (Lethal Weapon 2-4). They were all pretty much the same movie. So nothing changed over the years.
Except Danny Glover. Now maybe this idiot was always an idiot, and I just know it. Admittedly, I had other things on my mind in 1987, at the age of 18, that were more important to me than Danny Glover's personal political views. But when I did become aware of what an idiot he was he'd already inserted those views into the Lethal Weapon franchise. (South Africa/Apartheid in LW2, anti-NRA in LW3, and immigration in LW4.)
That Danny Glover is an idiot is no longer in dispute.
Click here for story: Glover gets ovation, some boos at USU graduation
During the color guard presentation of the American flag, a spectator yelled across the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, "Put your hand above your heart, Glover!"
The five-time Emmy nominee told The Salt Lake Tribune after the ceremony that he doesn't typically cover his heart during flag ceremonies and he meant no disrespect.
Admittedly, this is minor compared to several other things Glover has pulled over the years.
Here is a quick summary:
Danny Glover's bio of idiocy.
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Glover publicly stated that the U.S. was in no position to pass moral judgment on the terrorists responsible for those atrocities. “One of the main purveyors of violence in this world,” said Glover, “has been this country, whether it's been against Nicaragua, Vietnam or wherever.”
Danny Glover is an idiot.