|PRIVATE BENJAMIN (1980)|
Mary Kay Place
Harry Dean Stanton
|"See, I did join the army, but I joined a *different* army. I joined the one with the condos and the private rooms."|
|Time: 109 mins.|
Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Hawn), Best Supporting Actress (Brennan) and Best Original Screenplay.
|CAPSULE REVIEW I know it's only been 20 years since this film was released, and I'm probably the only person in America who never saw it. I've just never been that interested. It's not like I hate Hawn, she's just not my favorite comedic actress. Her flicks are generally a bit too silly for me. I have to admit, she does an amazing job here, as a spoiled rich girl looking for a little structure in her life after the death of her husband on their wedding night. I understand that she was in shock and needed a change, but that just wasn't a good enough reason to me for her joining the Army. So what if everyone thinks you're a worthless screw-up. Basic training would not be the answer if it were me. Thankfully, Judy Benjamin continues to be useless, even in the Army, which provides for much of the film's humor. Hawn is at her best here, however, once the film leaves the Army base it kind of flounders in an absurd subplot that just doesn't jive with the rest of the film. This isn't rocket science, but it should at least make some amount of sense. The humor goes from witty to absurd and back around to silly, so there's something for everyone. What keeps this film afloat is a well-drawn and acted character and a whole lot of heart. Even if you're not a fan of Hawn, this is a movie you should check out. A decades-old gem that still holds its luster.|