Jake Huard, from a shipbuilders family, promised his dying mother he'd make it to Annapolis Naval Academy. Thanks to tenaciously bugging a Congressman he's selected, despite dubious grades. Once inside Jake soon proves sub-standard academically. Constantly challenged to his limits, repeatedly made the 'over-cocky' reason for the entire class to suffer, Jake nearly quits, but after facing his utterly unsupportive father's gloating returns just in time. Stubborn Jake finds support with mates as well as Ali, his lover-to-be, and a discipline he may excel in: the 'brigade' boxing tournament, open to all ranks.Written by
At least one exterior scene taking place in Washington, DC was actually filmed on the grounds of Girard College in Philadelphia, founded in 1848. See more »
During the I-Day formation, Donnie Wahlberg (Lt Cmdr Burton) has a mustache as he sits on the stand. This was acknowledged by the director and producers in their commentary on the DVD, and they left it in because you can barely see it and they have several creative ways of explaining away its absence later. However, just the day before he was clean-shaven when he met with Jake at the shipyard. See more »
Come on you Butterball move it!
Sir, I'm trying, Sir!
Stop trying and do it!
Sir, yes, sir!
You know what, I'm gonna start calling you Twins, do you know why, Twins?
Sir, because I carry the weight of two normal people, sir
Oh you're smart too, so you can realize that if your fat ass doesn't make it up that obstacle your fat ass will be separated! Do you understand Twins?
Sir, yes, sir
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ANNAPOLIS is the type of film made for the movie-going crowd, not the critics. I'm speaking of the people that plunk down the ten dollar bill to see a film and be entertained for a couple of hours. ANNAPOLIS does just that ... it entertains. Its a real crowd-pleaser. James Franco will certainly make a legion of new fans with his heart-warming portrayal of Jake Huard. You can not help but root for him and want him to succeed. Jake is an everyday guy, but with movie star looks, who desperately wants the acceptance of his father, beautifully played by Brian Goodman. Its a back story also shared by another, yet totally different, character in the film. Tyrese Gibson gives another fine performance. The talented Donnie Wahlberg excels in a relatively small role. What mars the film is a forced love interest with Jordana Brewster who is totally miscast. ANNAPOLIS is a thoroughly enjoyable movie going experience, and at under two hours it doesn't overstay its welcome. If you weren't a James Franco fan entering the theater, you will be when you leave. You won't be disappointed.
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