Major Payne (1994)


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In this comedy, a super tough Marine finds himself forced to teach pre-adolescent terrors attending a Virgina boarding school, the value of self-discipline.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gary Rosen , Damon Wayans , Dean Lorey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 5, 1999
MCA Universal Home Video


as Major Benson Payne

as Dr. Emily Walburn

as Dr. Phillips

as Dr. Phillip

as Lt. Colonel Stone

as Gen. Elias Decker

as Cadet Alex Stone

as Cadet Tiger Dane

as Cadet Heathcoat

as Weight Lifter

as Colonel Braggart

as Cadet Johnson

as Cadet Leland

as Police Sergeant

as Wellington Cadet Cap...

as Smart-Ass Soldier

as Lt. Wiseman

as Blind Kid

as Mr. Shipman

as Cadet Fox

as Cadet Wuliger

as Soldier

as Bleeding Soldier

as Guerilla Leader

as Chopper Pilot

as Chopper Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Major Payne

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Major Payne


Major Payne is a good comedy film about a trained Marine and one bad assed killing machine who's been discharged from the Military because his services are no longer needed. After trying to adjust to Civilian (unsuccessfully) he gets thrown back in the Military, only now as the head of a school's JROTC program. Damon Wayans delivers one funny performance as Major Benson Winnifred Payne. Wayan's performance is hysterical and he provides many laugh out loud moments. The film will never win any awards, but you can watch it with the feeling that you'll see something very funny and with Wayans brand of humour, you'll likely have a few laughs even if you don't like the film all that much.Major Payne is the type of film that you can watch with friends or family to have a good time. Damon Wayans performance is unique. Major Payne, the character is the stereotypical type of trained killer who lives only by the military norm. He's good at one thing and one thing only: killing on the battlefield, and when he trains the boys of the local school, he just tries to train them like normal military recruits, and it's funny how the character doesn't seem to understand that they're kids. He does, but he doesn't give them no pity (live normal military recruits). The kids training under Payne do everything to get him to quit, but to no avail. Every plan that they form backfires with hilarious results. I view this film as a misunderstood film, many viewers tend to not like it for all the wrong reasons. Major Payne is a good little comedy with plenty of laughs. The thing that it's got going for it too is that except for one kid in the film, all the kids playing the recruits under Payne, weren't annoying. If you want to watch something funny with Damon Wayans, then this is the film to watch.

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Damon Wayans isn't a movie actor, but he puts in a good performance here. I keep watching these 90's kid comedies, but I really only want to find and watch Heavyweights.

Lenny Muggsy

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