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In the Army Now (1994)

PG | | Comedy, War | 12 August 1994 (USA)
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Two misguided youths join the reserves to make some money for their entrepreneurial dreams. No sooner than they finish basic training are they called up to do their part to save the free world.


Daniel Petrie Jr.


Steve Zacharias (story), Jeff Buhai (story) | 6 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauly Shore ... Bones Conway
Andy Dick ... Jack Kaufman
Lori Petty ... Christine Jones
David Alan Grier ... Fred Ostroff
Esai Morales ... Sgt. Stern
Lynn Whitfield ... Sgt. Ladd
Art LaFleur ... 1st Sgt. Brandon T. Williams
Fabiana Udenio ... Gabriella
Glenn Morshower ... Richard Day, Recruiting Sergeant
Beau Billingslea ... Sgt. Daniels
Peter Spellos ... Mr. Quinn
Barry Nolan Barry Nolan ... Stu Krieger
Coleen Christie Coleen Christie ... News Anchor Person
Ryan Cutrona ... Colonel
Paul Mooney ... Lt. Col. Peter Hume


Bones and Jack are two guys with very little going right in their lives. The two decide to join the Army as part of the water purification team and eventually find themselves on the front lines in the conflict between the northern African countries of Chad and Libya. The two men, along with a few companions, have it upon themselves to save the day in combat, something they know little about. Written by Anonymous

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Sleep tight, America! The safety of the free world rests in his hands!


Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some war action, mild language and comic sensuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Damon Wayans was considered for the role of Fred. He turned it down to work on Blankman (1994). See more »


When "Bones" is looking into the discharge of the machine, his hearing protection is gone. In the shot before, with his eye visible through the pipe, his earmuffs are on his head. When the camera cuts back to the view behind him, they are totally gone. See more »


Bones: Is it hot in Chad?
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Alternate Versions

The TV version includes a couple of deleted scenes, including a scene in which Bones and his friends get revenge on the special forces soldiers. See more »


Referenced in Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) See more »


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The Beginning of the End
30 January 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

In the Army Now (1994)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Bones (Pauly Shore) and Jack (Andy Dick) decide to join the Army so that they can make some quick cash, which they plan to use for an endevor they have. However, the two didn't realize that you'd have to do real work in the Army and as soon as basic training is over they are called to battle.

Comedian Shore started to rise to fame with ENCINO MAn and SON IN LAW made him a star. His time at the top wasn't too long as IN THE ARMY now was followed by a string of bombs including JURY DUTY and BIO-DOME. These three films pretty much killed his career and his name over the title days were over.

I enjoyed Shore in the first two films that I mentioned but there's no question that this act didn't work too well. IN THE ARMY NOW is certainly better than the two films that were to follow but there's no question that there's not too much here. Five screenwriters are given credit for this mess, which is pretty much a stoner version of STRIPES where a couple misfits join the Army not knowing what they're getting into.

Shore and Dick can work apart but put them together and you've got some pretty annoying attempts at humor. The one saving grace in the film was Lynn Witfield as the sexy drill instructor who gets several jokes thrown her way. Lori Petty and David Alan Grier are both wasted in thankless roles. Sadly, the screenplay does very little and it certainly delivers very few laughs.

The problem with a film like IN THE ARMY NOW is that it seems the filmmakers thought you could be annoying as possible and this would lead to some laughs. Sadly, it didn't and you're just left with a comedy that has very few laughs.

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Release Date:

12 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You're in the Army Now See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,367,194, 14 August 1994

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hollywood Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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