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Stocked with leading men who look the part but lacking an iota of original plot, Annapolis is merely a watery shadow of superior seafaring military dramas.



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A poor but ambitious young man strives to make good in one of the most competitive institutions on Earth in this military drama. Jake Huard (James Franco) is a young man from a small Maryland town who grew up in a blue-collar family with few opportunities. Wanting to make something of himself after completing high school, Jake set his sights on attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he narrowly makes the cut and becomes one of the 1,200 applicants selected for the freshman class. Jake finds that life as a "plebe" is intellectually challenging and physically punishing, and he soon develops a powerful adversary in Midshipman Lt. Cole (Tyrese Gibson), his training commander, who pushes Jake to the limit to see if he has what it takes. Standing on the razor's edge of failing as both a student and a soldier, Jake makes a brave but dangerous gesture toward proving himself by entering the Brigade Championships, a Naval boxing competition where he'll go into the ring against the best fighters in the Navy -- including Lt. Cole. Jake soon has one person on his side when he strikes up a friendship with Ali (Jordana Brewster), a pretty young officer who believes Jake has what it takes to go the distance. Annapolis also stars Donnie Wahlberg, Chi McBride, and Vicellous Shannon; the film was directed by Justin Lin, who debuted with the acclaimed independent feature Better Luck Tomorrow.


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Critic Reviews for Annapolis

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  • ...basically a military-recruitment commercial.

    Nov 27, 2006 | Rating: C-

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Jake [is] forced to swallow his pride and ask girly Brewster to train him. It's a marginally subversive moment in a movie that otherwise falls in line.

    Jan 31, 2006
  • This isn't as much a movie as it is a recipe for a cinematic casserole in which the ingredients are clichés and rip-offs.

    Jan 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Annapolis is less like a movie than a virus -- one that clings so tenaciously to its host genre that it begins to take on the characteristics of a real movie, even though it's just faking.

    Jan 27, 2006
  • Judging Annapolis by its most appealing attributes (among all the cliches): It's not bad superficially, but neither is it all that it could be.

    Jan 27, 2006

    Brian Lowry

    Top Critic
  • The movie plays out with the same martial drumbeat inevitability of a parade march.

    Jan 27, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Annapolis

  • Jan 14, 2014
    Annapolis is an awful, clichéd mess of a film that fails to entertain. This is the type of film that relies on a poorly thought script, one that simply doesn't work. The characters are generic, and the story is something that we've seen many times before. James Franco has done far better work than this, but Annapolis is one of his worst films. This is a bland affair, one that is just boring, with nothing that's ever interesting that occurs on-screen. The dialogue and performances are laughable, and this is simply put, a film that isn't worth your time. I hated the film, and felt it was a pointless film. This is a prime example of what happens when a film has too many clichés going for it, the end result suffers greatly, and it ends up falling flat. If you're looking for an entertaining film with this one, you'll sadly be disappointed. Annapolis is a forgettable film that scraps the bottom of the barrel. This is one of those films that should have been reworked on before getting green lit. Watch something else; you'll be glad you did. This film just copies every feel good film, and waters down the formula and plays out every cliché in the book. Annapolis is a collection of bad actors and a poor story that ends up being a pointless effort. I don't think that the filmmakers cared to really make a good film with this one. Overall this is a soulless movie, and one we've seen many times before. The only difference is, is that there are better films out tackling the same subject.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2009
    How should I call this movie? Inspiring? We just find out that anyone can get in the Naval Academy, regardless of his/hers physical skills... aren't you tempted to give it a try, now that you know it? Because I'm really interested ... it seems that students have a lot of time at their disposal to spend in the company of a charming superior officer.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2009
    I didn't plan to see it, I didn't know what it was, and I didn't know who was in it. But my dad came home from Blockbuster one day with a movie entitled "Annapolis" and I saw the amazing James Franco's face and name on the front and knew that no matter what it was about I'd see it. And I did. And now I'm here to tell you that even if you don't like James Franco, or the navy, or actiony movies you will LOVE Annopolis. It is centered around the action it takes to be in the naval acadamy, but more than that it's an inspirational story of a man who couldn't get things right but could make friends, a love, and a journey out of the struggles and emotions it takes to be in Annapolis. He isn't smart but he is fit and his strength will inspire him to help his smarter friends with their health problems and they will help him with his knowledge. It takes alot to make it out of Annapolis, DO THEY HAVE IT? Why it's PG-13: Because of some sexual inuendo, and intense boxing sequences. Favorite Quotes: Jake Huard: He's right you know. Twins: Can I borrow your starch? Jake Huard: Look, I don't get it. Why are you still here? Twins: You want to know why I stay in this room? Jake Huard: Yeah. Twins: Cause Jake, you're my Mississippi. Jake Huard: I'm your what? Twins: People who live in Arkansas, you know what their favorite state is? Jake Huard: No. Twins: Mississippi. Cause Mississippi's the only thing that keeps Arkansas from being the worst state in the whole country. Jake Huard: I'm Mississippi. Twins: Well you sure as hell ain't California. Listen, Cole and Whitaker are so buys tryin' to run you out they forgot about me. As a matter of fact, they've forgotten about every other plebe in this whole company. That's why I stay in this room Jake. Cause if Mississippi quits, then all of a sudden Arkansas is the worst state in the whole country. Lt. Commander Burton: He also said you were the biggest pain in the ass he'd ever met. Jake Huard: I had to go back a couple times. Lt. Commander Burton: How many? Jake Huard: 34 straight days, sir. Jake Huard: What are you looking at? Porn? Twins: It's not porn. Estrada: Hey, you guys looking at porn? Twins: Yeah. Whitaker: Come on you Butterball move it! Twins: Sir, I'm trying, Sir! Whitaker: Stop trying and do it! Twins: Sir, yes, sir! Whitaker: You know what, I'm gonna start calling you Twins, do you know why, Twins? Twins: Sir, because I carry the weight of two normal people, sir Whitaker: Oh you're smart too, so you can realize that if your fat ass doesn't make it up that obstacle your fat ass will be separated! Do you understand Twins? Twins: Sir, yes, sir Estrada: Help is like sex... Take it from whoever and whenever you can get it!
    Liz < Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2008
    Been done before, been done better. Felt... lacking. James Franco does ok but could have had a better vehicle for his first starring role.
    Nicky M Super Reviewer

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