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Private Benjamin (1980)


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Devastated when her brand-new husband (Albert Brooks) drops dead on their wedding night, Jewish American princess Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn) is receptive to the pitch delivered by a duplicitous recruiter for the Women's Army Corps. Quickly adivsed by topkick Captain Lewis (Eileen Brennan) that she should not look forward to the private room, fancy clothes and sauna bath that she'd been promised, Judy is forced to go through basic training like any other "grunt". This turns out to be a real



Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, Harvey Miller

May 1, 2001

Warner Bros. Pictures

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Goldie Hawn gives a charming, Oscar-nominated performance in this lightly feminist service comedy.

May 1, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Goldie Hawn at the height of her powers.

November 6, 2005

Funny, popular Goldie Hawn comedy set in army boot camp.

June 12, 2005

Private Benjamin is a comic fairy tale with a delightful performance by Goldie Hawn.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Why do people like this movie? I don't get it,

January 7, 2004 | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Military mockery featuring Hawn as a spoiled princess in army boots. Private Benjamin deserves combat pay for its slaphappy fish-out-of-water premise...a real hoot-and-a-half

May 29, 2003
Movie Eye

Ugh! I lose faith in Americans when they make garbage like this into a hit.

March 27, 2003 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

Great first half, boring second half.

October 17, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

This isn't the army in the commercials, but it's Goldie at her best.

August 30, 2002

Audience Reviews for Private Benjamin

Thinking that it's a vacation spot, Jewish American Princess joins the Army.
Goldie Hawn, whose work never impressed me before, gives an excellent performance, mostly in her silence. Her cold, hurt stare at her father when her parents come to pick her up from boot camp, her dead-pan sex scene - she's great in the in-between moments.
The film's femme-power message is good, but most of the story belies believability. Even the dumbest person wouldn't believe the myths about vacation condos in the Army, Private Benjamin's defeat of the opposing squad, the lecherous superior officer, her time in Paris, even the cliche of girls sitting around talking about how they lost their virginity - it's all too trite and too convenient and bespeaks heavy-handed writing. This story doesn't unfold; it jumps.
Overall, Hawn's work is remarkable, but the film's flimsy plot leaves much to be desired.
August 7, 2013
Jim Hunter

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It's a good film, but only for it's obvious target audience. It has a few funny moments but it got boring in it's second half and ran out of steam. The performance of Goldie Hawn is great but everything else could have been better leaving this chick flick as enjoyable as accidentally signing up for the army.
March 8, 2012
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An okay movie, but it reminded me of the 50s movie, Never Wave at a WAC, which was funnier than this movie. There are some funny scenes in this movie, but it's mostly pretty boring, and I hate the ending.
January 8, 2011

Super Reviewer

I first saw Private Benjamin back in the late 80's and I didn't really understand it and was puzzled as to why all the adults in the room were laughing. However, upon watching it again the other day I finally understand why my mother laughed so hard. There is a little more to it than the usual comedy Boot-camp cliches and Goldie Hawn is brilliant in the title role. A great slice of early 80's comedy.
November 4, 2010

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    1. Judy Benjamin: I did join the Army, but I joined a different Army. I joined the one with the condos and the private rooms.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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