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  • What I like about this film is it doesn't fall into the same format similar movies do
  • Still, there are quite a few scenes in this film that definitely make it worth watching

    • by Steve

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      When it comes to comedies, there is one that is often forgotten about but is actually a lot better than people give it credit for; Major Payne. This is one of Damon Wayan’s best films. He plays a Marine Major who is a killing machine but is forced to leave the corps because they simply don’t have a place for him. In an effort to feel needed, he ends up leading a local ROTC group and, because they don’t like him, has to do everything he can to whip them into

      shape and earn their respect.

      I’m going to take the time to warn you in advance. Despite the fact you have a comedian working with kids, this is not your typical family movie. In fact, you probably aren’t going to want younger kids watching the film.

      After all, he does spend a great deal of time swearing and I’m not sure if him shaving his cadets bald and referring to them as scrotum is really suitable for all ages. What I like about this film is it doesn’t fall into the same format similar movies do. You have the same basic plot, a bunch of kids who never succeed at anything have to bond together to win some sort of contest.

      But, rather than have a coach or teacher who is all touchy feely (something I actually can’t stand) you have a guy who scares them into working. There are some things I didn’t really like about the film. First, his love interest (played by Carolyn Walker) lacks any real depth.

      Basically, she’s too nice, even when she’s supposed to be angry.

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      And, other than the fact she is some sort of counselor for the kids, you really don’t learn too much about her. It would have been nice for them to round out her character a little bit.

      You also have too many characters you’ll see in other films. You have the fat kid, the sickly kid and the tiny runt who is brought in for the cuteness factor but really doesn’t have any real purpose in the movie other than that. Still, there are quite a few scenes in this film

      that definitely make it worth watching.

      Wayan’s character has some bizarre parenting skills. He gets rid of the boogie man in the closet by shooting his gun through the door. His bedtime story of the little engine that could includes things like eye gouging and soldiers getting their legs blown off and the whole hugging thing makes him feel weird so he would much rather threaten to snap the child’s head off.

      Again, this isn’t a movie for the entire family but it is definitely a forgotten classic with plenty of redeeming qualities. It is a film I definitely recommend.

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