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Very funny and entertaining.
Mediocre film based on a Neil Simon play about drafted soldiers at a boot camp to prepare for combat in World War II. Lags in spots, particularly the long scene at the brothel with Broderick droning on.
Tonally uneven and rather dry, but a strong third act and a great performance from Christopher Walken elevate it somewhat.
This movie's average at best but Walken elevates it with his whacked out drill sarg and that alone is worth watching.
ok WWII pic post WWII
Matthew Broderick is perfect as Neil Simon's autobiographical Eugene in boot camp just before the end of WWII. The film is anchored by great performances, most notably Broderick, Corey Parker, and Christopher Walken in one of his all-time best roles. Although relate-able, and familiar, the film relies too much on "boot camp" cliches and not enough on the wonderful relationships of these fully realized characters. Often, this results in an uneven handling of the dramatic and comedic moments, but the final climactic scene with Broderick, Walken, and that .45 is yet another example of how Nichols perfectly transcends his stage sensibilities to film.
Good, but not as good as I remembered it to be. I still have a soft spot for the film as being part of the Eugene Morris Jerome series. Walken does a great job, as usual, playing a maniac.
Terrific Neil Simon movie!!
Walkins is intersting, Broderick is amusing, the film as a whole is not that great.