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Adopt a Sailor (2008)

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A self-involved New York couple adopt a sailor during Fleet Week.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Rolfe Evered ...
USO Officer
Scot Cregan ...
Navy Lieutenant - USO
Christopher Scholl ...
Officer on Deck - USS WASP
Lezly Clayton ...
Woman #1 in Time Square
Jenel Fontes ...
Woman #2 in Time Square (as Janell Fontes)
Curt Clarke ...
Marine shaving on USS WASP (as Gunnery Srgt. Curt Clarke)
Jeremy Siegrist ...
Marine on USS WASP (as MC1 Jeremy Siegrist)
Andrew McCord ...
Marine on USS WASP (as MC2 Andrew McCord)
Renae Madore ...
Woman in Port Authority
Griffin Wade ...
Teen in Port Authority
Margaret Evered ...
Young Girl in Port Authority
John Evered ...
Young Boy in USO


Adopt a Sailor is about Patricia and Richard, a successful and hip couple from New York City who inadvertently "adopt a sailor" during Fleet Week in New York City, and the young man from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas who changes their lives forever. Written by K.Mazur

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He fell out of a plane and into their lives.



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5 January 2009 (France)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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Ethan Peck won for Best Actor at the Sonoma International Film Festival, 2009 for his portrayal of the sailor. See more »


Patricia: [an upper Westside sophisticate] We New Yorkers must seem a little strange to you, huh?
Sailor: [a "hayseed" from Turkey Scratch, AR] : Oh, I think y'all are great... a tad... uh, what's that word? Yeah, a tad provincial, but otherwise I think y'all are first rate.
Patricia: Wait, wait. Did you just call us provincial?
Sailor: Uh, yes, ma'am, I guess I did. I don't mean any offense. It's just an observation is all.
Patricia: That's a little bit of stretch, wouldn't you say?
Sailor: Why would that be, ma'am?
Patricia: Well, maybe we're not on the ...
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References On the Town (1949) See more »


Anchors Aweigh
Composed by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles
sung by 'Richard' (Peter Coyote)
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trite, sticky-sweet, pretentious, phony nonsense
29 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fairly good performances by the three stars are sabotaged by a plodding and pretentious screenplay. Reviewers on other sites who see parallels with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? aren't entirely wrong, but they miss the fact that Edward Albee is a genius and Charles Evered is not. This is a dumbed-down, lightened-up, sped-up, Lifetime-movie version of Woolf, filled with clichés and dialog so trite that it makes even talented actors (which these three are) seem like hams.

Patricia (Neuwirth) comes closest to being a believable character; unlike the two men, she has more than one side: a sarcastic harridan who despises her ineffectual husband (like Martha in Woolf) and a sympathetic, even motherly woman who is aware of her own failings. Unfortunately, Neuwirth isn't well cast for either of those roles: she does sarcastic cold-hearted b!tch better than just about anybody, but when it comes to snarling and spitting like an enraged tigress (Liz Taylor's Martha), it's just acting with Neuwirth, and not very good acting.

Richard (Coyote) and Sailor (Peck) are so shallow and one-dimensional that it's surprising when they turn and you see they're not cardboard cutouts. Coyote's whining, thumb-sucking, new-age twit in this stupid movie is almost unbearable. Peck is a too-good-to-be-true angel unawares, a heavenly creature who drifts down off a cloud in his blinding-white sailor duds and his aw-shucks-y'all sincerity and sets Pat and Rich's world a-spinning. He's so perfect I kept wishing somebody would knock his teeth out, or that he'd turn out to have flaws like human beings have, but he never did.

Another reviewer said, "Adopt a Sailor seems sugary and contrived initially." I say it never becomes anything else, and by the end the sugar is SO thick there should be an automatic link to Woolf, or at least a clip - Liz with her hands on her hips braying her rage at the moon - to help viewers clear out the sour taste this shallow, saccharine, contrived, phony movie leaves.

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