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Major Payne (1995)

 -  Comedy  -  24 March 1995 (USA)
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Major Benson Winifred Payne is being discharged from the Marines. Payne is a killin' machine, but the wars of the world are no longer fought on the battlefield. A career Marine, he has no ... See full summary »

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Major Benson Winifred Payne is being discharged from the Marines. Payne is a killin' machine, but the wars of the world are no longer fought on the battlefield. A career Marine, he has no idea what to do as a civilian, so his commander finds him a job - commanding officer of a local school's JROTC program, a bunch or ragtag losers with no hope. Using such teaching tools as live grenades and real bullets, Payne starts to instill the corp with some hope. But when Payne is recalled to fight in Bosnia, will he leave the corp who has just started the believe in him, or will he find out that killin' ain't much of a livin'? Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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He's looking for a few good men... or a few guys old enough to shave.

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Rated PG-13 for some crude humor and behavior | See all certifications »

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Auf Kriegsfuß mit Major Payne  »

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$29,412,050 (USA)
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Damon Wayans' Payne character was dancing to "Pop that Coochie" by 2 Live Crew in the nightclub scene. Interestingly enough Wayans was having a real life feud with 2 Live Crew at the time due to a joke he told about the group during his comedy special, _Damon Wayans: The Last Stand (1990)_, when he called them "Gangstas with microphones". This prompted 2 Live Crew front man Luther Campbell to cut a response rant on Wayans and his show In Living Color (1990) on a track called "I Ain't Bullshittin' III", which coincidentally appears on the 'Sports Weekend' album. The same album that also features "Pop that Coochie". See more »

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Near the beginning of the film, Payne instructs the cadets to do two hours of PT. They are doing so visibly from his window but within seconds, Tiger appears with his teacher at Payne's door. See more »

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Cadet Williams: Payne's not here, he's in our ass!
Cadets: Payne's not here, he's in our ass!
Cadet Williams: Butt's so tight he can't pass gas!
Cadets: Butt's so tight he can't pass gas!
Cadet Williams: Sound off!
Cadets: 1,2!
Cadet Williams: Sound off!
Cadets: 3,4!
Cadet Williams: Break it on down! Break it on down!
[Starts to dance until Major Payne comes behind him]
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No Payneful puns here...
27 October 2002 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is a lot better than most would expect, largely because of two factors - the screenplay and the star. The script, while not particularly original in terms of its narrative, is superb in terms of its humour which is quite dark and dry in parts. "There's a monster in my closet" complains a frightened child. Not after Payne puts five bullets into the closed door.

Payne's unconventional character is a riot and the film is balanced just right so that he doesn't become too annoying. And believe me, he has the potential to become very annoying, especially with THAT voice. Wayans delivers his dialogue in a manner almost reminiscent TV's The Nanny - nasal and grating. However, he performs with such dry sarcasm and a fantastic permanent grimace that he is a real stand-out, and ultimately the film probably wouldn't work as well with another actor in the role.

For light entertainment value, 7/10 for Major Payne.


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