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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Is In the Army Now funny? Yes, Drill Sergeant, Sir! Is it stupid? Yes, sir! Does it kill brain cells? Yes, sirree!
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The movie's best performance is given by a camel.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
[An] abysmal knockoff of Stripes.
| Original Score: D-
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
Every promising situation -- Shore suffering through basic training, dealing with real battle and so on -- suffers immediate creative fatigue.
It's a tale as old as the jokes, which were already old when the Peloponnesians went to war.
The screenplay, work by five writers, based on a story by three others, seems to have been rewritten often enough that any individuality has been lost.