All three parts of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical ‘Eugene trilogy’ ended up being filmed. Yet this second instalment is the only adap that can be called cinematic:
Mike Nichols lends a nostalgic glow and comic brio to this boot-camp tale that was not so apparent in Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) or TV movie Broadway Bound (1992).
Matthew Broderick wryly channels Ferris Bueller as Neil’s wise-cracking alter-ego and Christopher Walken offers a pleasingly off-kilter take on the drill-sergeant archetype.
Keep ’em peeled for David Schwimmer making his movie debut.