Reviews

Stripes (Special Edition)

4

In 1981, before the Police Academy threw open its doors, eventual Ghostbusters architect Ivan Reitman span this playful tale about a bunch of slack-jawed yokels who join the US Army. One such waster is John Winger (Bill Murray) who, after getting dumped (""You can't leave, the plants will die""), is looking for something to lift his sagging existence. Winger ropes in his crony Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis) to sign up and both are astounded that compared to their bunk buddies, they are fairly sane. The comedy is uncorked and Murray lets the dry sarcasm flow, with heavyweight support from John Candy ("A lean, mean, fighting machine!") and Ramis. This little gem manages to scrap its way through a crappy final sequence with barely a scar, thanks to the one-liners and knockout monologues. You should sign up and that's a fact, Jack.

 

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 15th 2005