This puber-comedy is a kind of mixture between 'Animal House' and 'Police Academy'. Four boys are sent, for different reasons, to a the Sheldon R. Wienberg military academy. The life of ... See full summary »
This puber-comedy is a kind of mixture between 'Animal House' and 'Police Academy'. Four boys are sent, for different reasons, to a the Sheldon R. Wienberg military academy. The life of dicipline asks a lot of the four geeks. Of course these boys know how to make a party out of the hard times. Will they be 'real men' after one year? Written by
In the soccer game near the end of the movie, the cadets play the faculty and alumni team. At one point, the cadets in the yellow jerseys work hard to clear the ball from deep in their own zone. However, their goalie is actually the faculty/alumni goalie, wearing the black jersey. See more »
Did anyone see you MacArthur?
Good. Now, where were we?
Here, I think.
Oh, yeah. Mmmmm, oh MacArthur.
Sit on the bed MacArthur.
Make yourself comfortable. So, these are what you wanted to see, right?
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The end credits show the opening credits sequence in reverse (the toy soldiers are falling up instead of down). See more »
Written & Performed by Lou Reed
From the album "Street Hassle" (1978) See more »
Not Very Good, But it Does Move Fast and Delivers a Few Laughs
This is an early "gross-out" movie, where most of the comedy comes from kids going through puberty. It is kind of a teenager soft-core porno spoof without sex or nudity. It is a bit offensive and a bit gratuitous, but not that much to be upset or satisfied with it.
I liked the irrelevance of it. It doesn't bother to attack the idea of a military academy, but just treats it as an absurdity from the beginning. I like the fact that it doesn't have any kind of sentimental development where the kids learn to appreciate their school at the end.
Unfortunately, the plot is pretty mindless with four diverse students defending themselves against a rather bullying and vicious militaristic instructor (Ron Leibman). The best moments are just absurd, fast gags that are justpointless and silly. For example, Barbara Bach wears a loose fitting shirt that almost shows her nipples as she instructs students in handling military weapons. We never learn why she would want to turn on her male students in this way, but we do see the students panting and there is the suggestion that they are masturbating. Obviously, this is a male fantasy with little possibility of ever happening in reality.
I think it is sad that the film was so poorly received that it effectively ended Robert Downey Senior's feature film-making career. He does direct with a carefree, fun style and makes the best out of a mediocre script. A film he did about a dozen years after this, "Hugo Pool" is much better and worth seeing.
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