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
Cole describes himself as a "soldier". A Marine or former Marine would NEVER describe himself or herself as a "soldier", because a "soldier" refers to someone in the Army. A Marine would describe himself or herself as a "Marine". See more »
I would say this movie is like 'Rocky' meets 'An Officer and a Gentleman'.
In 'Annapolis' James Franco (Spiderman and Tristan & Isolde) plays Jake Huard, a Maryland shipbuilder and amateur boxer who wants to attend the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He is not the ideal candidate, but he is determined to make it.
I would say this movie is like 'Rocky' meets 'An Officer and a Gentleman'. This is a good movie; however, there is nothing that special about it. It is very predictable. Two of the main characters really mimic their counterparts in the other movies. James Franco is to Richard Gere/Sylvester Stallone and Tyrese Gibson (Lt. Cole) is to Louis Gossett Jr./Carl Weathers.
In its defense, James Franco did a remarkable job in the picture. The bonds he forms with his fellow classmen are very believable. Better I think than in 'An Officer and a Gentleman'. But I do not think this movie is anything we have not already seen. I also think West Point is a much tougher academy.
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