Renaissance Man (1994)

Renaissance Man




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Penny Marshall's feel-good comedy, invoking parts of Dead Poet's Society, Sister Act, and Private Benjamin, features Danny DeVito as Bill Rago, a divorced advertising man who is fired from his job. During an appointment at the unemployment office, a counselor finds him a job as a civilian instructor at the local Army base. At the base, he is assigned a group of eight army hardcases. Rago is supposed to increase this group's "basic comprehension." Sweating it out and unable to interest his … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nat Mauldin, Jim Burnstein
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On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
Buena Vista


as Bill Rago

as Sgt. Cass

as Capt. Murdoch

as Col. James

as Donnie Benitez

as Miranda Myers

as Jamaal Montgomery

as Tommy Lee Haywood

as Roosevelt Hobbs

as Jackson Leroy

as Brian Davis Jr.

as Mel Melvin

as Private Oswald

as Jack Markin

as Bill's Secretary

as 1st Young Executive

as U Love To Rent

as 2nd Young Executive

as Mrs. Coleman

as Emily Rago

as Guard Gate MP

as Captain Murdoch's Ai...

as Bartender

as Pvt. Mel Melvin

as Company Commander

as Male Platoon Drill S...

as Male Platoon Drill S...

as Male Platoon Drill S...

as Female Platoon Drill...

as Female Platoon Drill...

as Female Platoon Drill...

as Female Private

as Laundry 1st Private

as Laundry 2nd Private

as Laundry Truck Driver

as Colonel James Aide

as Shana Leroy

as Florist

as Graduation Drill Ser...

as Graduation Sergeant ...

as Customs Officer

as Henry V

as Henry V Lead Archer
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Critic Reviews for Renaissance Man

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | June 3, 1994
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Renaissance Man


Penny Marshall's Renaissance Man almost could be a really good film. Unfortunately, the script is so repeated.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I can't believe that only 10 people have wrote a review for "Renaissance Man." I thought it was a lot more popular than that and I know that it deserves all the praise and popularity that it can get! Bill Rago (Danny DeVito) takes a job as a teacher in the Army even though he doesn't have any teaching experience and doesn't really want the job. Yeah I agree that that does sound a little far fetched, but not all movies have to tell a true story!
Bill doesn't exactly know what to teach about, so he just teaches the 'students' about something he really likes, the book, Hamlet. Will the army students enjoy learning about Hamlet or will they think it's boring? Will Bill Rago be a good teacher or a fluke? I recommend watching the movie to find out.

I thought "Renaissance Man" was a great movie. Unlike what many people might think or might had heard about it previously, it's not really a full-fledged comedy movie. Danny DeVito is hilarious in the movie and the part that I'll remember the most from the whole movie is one of the funniest parts I've ever seen in any movie!! I couldn't quit laughing at the part where Danny DeVito got to the top of a tall place in the army, and he has to try and work his way down with a rope even though he's TERRIFIED of heights. "Renaissance Man" has a few other hilarious parts, but really when it all comes down to it, it's more of a drama movie and more of a feel-good movie than it is a comedy. Not that that's bad, but that's the only complaint I have whatsoever about the movie, it could've had a few more hilarious parts where more people would have given it rave reviews and remembered it the rest of their lives. However, it wasn't bad enough to take away any of my rating for it, so I still give it a 5.

If you like great comedy/drama movies, I recommend getting "Renaissance Man." You'll laugh your head off and feel the drama at the same time. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. That's just BS...this was 8½ years ago that I first saw the part where Devito's trying to scale down a wall? Seems like yesterday!

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable enough to check it out. Features a young Wahlberg, and Danny DeVito is very funny.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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