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In the Army Now (1994)

In the Army Now (1994)

In the Army Now



Critic Consensus: This 1994 Pauly Shore vehicle stretches its star's thin shtick to the breaking point with a laugh-deficient screenplay that borrows shamelessly from Bill Murray's far superior Stripes.

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Comedian Pauly Shore goes to boot camp in this comedy adventure set in Chad. It was filmed on location in the California and Arizona deserts. Shore is cast as Bones, a dreamer who wants to open his own stereo shop with his best friend Jack. To earn the cash, Bones talks Jack into joining the Army reserves. In boot camp, they are trained as water purifiers. While in camp, they meet the feisty Christine who takes no guff from men and Fred who is afraid of everything. The foursome are called to active duty and positioned in the deserts of Chad. Through a great mix up, they find themselves driving a water tanker behind Libyan enemy lines. There they must extricate themselves and eventually save the day.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Ken Kaufman, Stu Krieger, Daniel Petrie Jr., Fax Bahr, Adam Small
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Buena Vista


Pauly Shore
as Bones Conway
Andy Dick
as Jack Kaufman
Lori Petty
as Christine Jones
David Alan Grier
as Fred Ostroff
Esai Morales
as Sgt. Stern
Lynn Whitfield
as Sgt. Ladd
Art LaFleur
as Sgt. Williams
Art La Fleur
as Sgt. Williams
Fabiana Udenio
as Gabriella
Glenn Morshower
as Recruiting Sergeant
Beau Billingslea
as Sgt. Daniels
Peter Spellos
as Mr. Quinn
Barry Nolan
as Stu Krieger
Coleen Christie
as News Anchor Person
Ryan Cutrona
as Colonel
Paul Mooney
as Ltc Peter Hume
Keith Coogan
as Stoner #1
Matthew Walker
as Stoner #2
Richard Assad
as Col. Babgabousch
Allen R. Stokes
as Drill Sgt. Stokes
Earl M. Nicholson
as Drill Sgt. Nicholson
Kenneth Kilgo
as Drill Sgt. Kilgo
Anthony H. Humphreys
as Drill Sgt. Humphreys
Vincent Marotta
as Reserve Soldier #1
Carlton Wilborn
as Reserve Soldier #2
Maurice Sherbanee
as Camel Salesman
Tom Villard
as Obnoxious Salesguy
Kirk Fox
as Corporal
Brian Fenwick
as Classroom Soldier
John Larsen
as Radio Operator
Daniel Petrie Jr.
as Lieutenant Colonel
Dan Wolfe
as Special Forces Major
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Critic Reviews for In the Army Now

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9)

If Shore's comic genius eludes you or if you find the film something less than a constant laugh riot, you may still be willing to agree that it's amiable enough and not begrudge in the least the likelihood that Shore fans will be pleased.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Is In the Army Now funny? Yes, Drill Sergeant, Sir! Is it stupid? Yes, sir! Does it kill brain cells? Yes, sirree!

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Being an appealing, shallow goof-off can wear thin, and Shore seems incapable of carrying a movie, even when it's a 90-minute knock-off like this.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The movie's best performance is given by a camel.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

[An] abysmal knockoff of Stripes.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Putting Mr. Shore under the authority of a pretty female drill sergeant (Lynn Whitfield) is, along with that bad haircut, one of this film's only ways of getting laughs.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for In the Army Now


This was the type of film I thoroughly enjoyed when I was younger. Now looking back, I can't believe the crap I enjoyed when I was young. In the Army Now is a horrible film with a terrible cast. Pauly Shore made two fairly comical films, but unfortunately for him, with this one he started to repeat himself and be very annoying. His antics were decent for at least two films, but over doing the weasel was starting to be painful to watch. The comedy elements of this film fall flat and they never get off the ground. How can they with a one dimensional comedian like Pauly Shore? In the Army Now fails from start to finish. This is simply a poorly written comedy with nothing going for it. The jokes are stale, the acting sucks, and the direction is bad. The film fails to entertain and fails as a comedy. If you're looking for a good comedy, this isn't it. What you can expect from this film is an awful attempt at comedy and yet another folly from Pauly Shore. Encino Man and Son in Law were decent, but this film was the point in Shore's career where he started to be irrelevant with his crap style of humor. His one joke routine worked for two films after that, it didn't. In the Army Now is a poor comedy that at times makes you smile, but never makes you chuckle. Maybe the film would have been better if it had better actors, but since this is a Pauly Shore film, this film is a miss. In the Army Now is significant because, it shows signs of Pauly Shore's dwindling sense of comedic delivery. A forgettable film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


I didn't ever see "In The Army Now" until a few weeks ago. I didn't ever think it would be that good of a movie, but after watching it I found out I was wrong. Two guys who have nothing else to do decide to join the army and that's when the fun begins. They are both thought of as losers and it doesn't seem like they could ever make it in something like the army at first. However, they turn out to be two of the most successful people in the army.
If you like good comedy movies, I recommend seeing "In The Army Now" because it's fun to see how Pauly Shore and his friend make it a success being in the army. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Makes you wonder if it's really that fun to be in the army.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


Back when he was really popular Pauly Shore was putting out a lot of movies. This was not one of the good ones.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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