In this wild, good-natured comedy, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis play two hard-luck friends who decide to join the Army, believing that it will help them sort out their lives. Though the plot is fairly predictable, Murray and Ramis are excellent.
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Critic Reviews for Stripes
Stripes will keep potential felons off the streets for two hours. Few people seem to be asking, these days, that movies do more.
The balance of the film consists of time-tested commercial material, most of which is still working fine.
[Reitmam] manages a reasonable success rate at pulling off the numerous verbal and sight gags with which the script is peppered.
An anarchic slob movie, a celebration of all that is irreverent, reckless, foolhardy, undisciplined, and occasionally scatological. It's a lot of fun.
Mr. Murray hasn't yet reached the point at which his routines can be sustained for more than 10 minutes at a time. But he has achieved a sardonically exaggerated calm that can be very entertaining.
Benefits immensely from being graded on a curve: it's no Ghostbusters, but it's no Police Academy either.
Murray's insouciant Sixties clowning survives being parachuted into the Eighties
An often hilarious film that provided Bill Murray with a perfect opportunity in which to display his comedic skills.
With a cast that consists largely of Saturday Night Live veterans, laughs are guaranteed, not least from a hilarious Murray.
The first hour of Stripes is side-splittingly hilarious. Unfortunately, it fizzles a bit once Warren Oates' Sgt. "The Big Toe" Hulka disappears.
My personal fave military movie.
One major difference between the slob comedies of yesteryear and the ones of today is that of simple craftsmanship. As in, Stripes has some.
Murray at his laugh-a-minute best....if there's a comedy classic, this is it
Murray's insouciant performance carries the movie and has inspired countless imitators, from the young Tom Hanks to Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell.
Who called Ivan Reitman "the king of comedy" and what drugs were they taking?
Am I the only person alive that realizes this movie blows? Bill Murray is a standout, nonetheless.
Basic training hadn't been this much fun since Laurel and Hardy joined up.
Another classic of the 80s that has wound up in pop culture history. Especially notable because it's still funny even twenty-plus years later.
Trust me, it was a whole lot funnier when you were ten.
Audience Reviews for Stripes
Three years prior to Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman made this half-forgotten little comedy gem. While not as perfectly timed as said classic in its humor, it's still an enjoyable watch with just as great of a cast. Especially as it features two of the busters: namely Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. Another name worth mentioning is the late great John Candy, who earns credit for some of the film's funniest moments. The plot reminds me of an American version of the Swedish comedy Repmånad, which came out two years before it in 1979. In comparison, I was just about equally entertained, but if I could only have one of them in my shelf, I would have to go with the one starring Murray. Because when all is said and done, there's nothing or at least very little in the world that can top that man's comedic genius.More
Funny and entertaining, Ivan Reitman's picture have great comedians on the screen, in hilarious situations, but present a kind of boring ending for a terrific 80's comedy classic.More
This is vintage Bill Murray, vintage Ivan Reitman, and a true ocmedy classic. This irreverent and hilarious satirical farce tells the story of John Winger- an unambitious loser who, after losing his job, apartment, car, and girlfriend, decides to see if his life will improve if he joins the army. So he does, along with his best friend Russell Ziskey (whom he forces to go with him)- a guy who'd be more comfortable reading a book or just hanging out than do the things that military men do.They get put into a platoon of other lovable misfits, and, through some sort of way, actually managed to make something of themselves.
This is a fun, entertaining and high quality slob comedy. It's low brow, but smart. It als ohas a hell of a cast. Murray takes the kead, and joinging him are Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, John Candy, John Larroquette, Judge Reinhold, and, P.J. Soles and Sean Young as two foxy MPs who turn a blind eye to the antics of the misfits.
Honestly, I'm actually very shocked that it wasn't until today (8/28/11) that I finally watched this movie. Somehow I managed to go this long without actually having seen it. I can't believe what I was missing, and it's amazing how many films have taken some influence from this one. It's all very lighthearted, and the real army unfortunately isn't really like the way they portray it to be, but damn, this is still a goofy, wonderful, and terrific film.
- Any one of you homos putcha hands on me...and I kill ya...
- John Winger:
- We're Americans, with a capital 'A', huh. You know what that mean? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of ever decent county in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog. We're mutts!
- Russell Ziskey:
- My father always told me never hit another person in anger unless you were absolutely sure you could get away with it.
- Sgt. Hulka:
- Son, there ain't no draft anymore.
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