A Turkish comedy film about an incompetent gang of criminals attempting to capture an oil installation in northern Iraq in order divert the oil to Turkey, which was the third highest-grossing Turkish film of 2007.
A son of a tribe chef comes to the class, and he declares himself as a landowner. At the same time, a girl who has a boyfriend in the class gets pregnant. This is the funny and dramatic story of a class.
Hababam Sinifi (The Chaos Class) continue to their adventures. Now first female students of the school history joins to the class and all Hababam Sinifi fight each other for them at first ... See full summary »
One of the modern reboots of a classic series, based on the novel by
Rıfat Ilgaz, that first appeared in the late Seventies. The material
will seem extremely familiar to non-Turkish viewers, with strong echoes
of chaotic classroom comedies such as the ST. TRINIANS saga, and
British black-and-white National Service satires such as ORDERS ARE
ORDERS (1954) and most notably CARRY ON SERGEANT (1958).
The comedy opens with Bedri the Lunatic (Mehmet Ali Erbil) being
outwitted once again by his anarchic group of mature learners. He has
acid placed on his head teacher's chair that burns through his pants
and leaves his bottom bare. He walks out of school to a chorus of
laughter. In revenge he decides to send the whole class on National
Service, even though technically they should have left school before
they are eligible for this.
There follows a series of gags based on the familiar theme of the
incompetent squaddies bossed about by their sergeant (Erbil again). The
chief comic conceit is that the learners think the sergeant is actually
Bedri the Lunatic in disguise, and cannot take him seriously. They only
learn to do so when Bedri unexpectedly turns up at the barracks,
claiming that he has missed his class too much.
The comedy is quite old-fashioned, with several gags based around the
squaddies ogling their female counterparts in a fashion reminiscent of
Benny Hill. There is also a battle-of-the-sexes theme, as the sergeant
resents the presence of female squaddies in the barracks under the
command of Major Zehra (Hülya Avşar). His antediluvian prejudices are
soon put to shame, however, as the girls outwit the boys in a night
HABABAM SINIFI: ASKERLİK is nonetheless interesting, if only for its
underlying nationalist preoccupations. We see several shots of the
Turkish flag in the background, as well as the portrait of Mustafa
Kemal Atatürk. Right at the end a soldier is seen in medium close- up
giving the kind of cheer-leading speech that would encourage soldiers
to fight in their country's cause, and thereby fulfill Atatürk's vision
of a great nation.
The film ends with a surprise twist, but this does not undermine its
underlying emphasis on the importance of everyone forming a community
so as to ensure their future irrespective of gender differences.
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