The ’heroes’ have an adversarial relationship with society. The ‘heroes’ see joining the army as the rational solution to life. Didn’t ‘Private Benjamin’ do the same plot? This was not a gently mocking depiction of mildly military life. The commander (Laroquette) is not impressed with the non tough-minded hobo looking gang. There is no eerily potent nostalgia fuel nor was it poignantly lively.
This was gleefully tasteless and not a shining light of 80s cinema. ‘Combat Academy’ was better than this. People get volcanically riled. The army is not a harsher, lonelier reality. This has no elegance or dignity. All of the recruits seem manifestly unsuitable for the army. The women do all the knicker free antics. The men just have self congratulation. That Charlie Sheen movie ‘Cadence’ was better than this. This has no socio-political subtexts. This is full of wannabe subversive dirt. The gang end up in European command and have an adventure. One is choked rigid by the illogic and an unlawful incursion. There is more yelling and this was mediocre.
“You look like a typical lowlife character to me.”
“I wish I was a loofah.”
“I got ways of finding out myself.”
“I see your kind come and go.”
“Kicked out of every decent country in the world.”
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery (1966)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The Pure Hell Of St Trinian’s (1960)