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Volunteers (1985)

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Tom Hanks and John Candy were reunited for the first time since Splash in this period comedy about Peace Corps worker during the optimistic period of the Kennedy presidency. Lawrence Bourne III (Tom Hanks) is an upper-class heel who has to flee the country to escape his gambling debts and so sneaks aboard an airplane filled with Peace Corps volunteers en route to Thailand. On the plane he is befriended by well-meaning Peace Corps worker Tom Tuttle (John Candy). Once in Thailand, the workers

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Mar 13, 2001

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Promising premise and opening shortly descend into unduly protracted tedium.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A blasé Hanks redeems this string of sexist, racist, comic clichés with winning charm. It's funny.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A little melancholy may blend with the laughter ''Volunteers'' draws at the expense of those earnest days when a President was urging people to ask what they could do for their country.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Hanks is excellent and has a way with funny lines that marks him as one of the better droll comic actors, if given the right material. Here, writers Ken Levine and David Isaacs have provided the actors with solid jokes.

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Often funny premise, but comedy cast makes it work.

June 1, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

...a silly, thoroughly unmemorable comedy...

February 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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As a satire on the 1960s, the film, directed by Nicholas Meyer, is more sour than silly.

August 21, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

One of the better films from Hanks' minor-league, pre-"Big" career.

June 25, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

No Time After Time or Star Trek 6, but you gotta love Candy.

February 4, 2004
New Times

Audience Reviews for Volunteers

A fun movie, pretty well written, with a good cast, and everything else is pretty average for an 80s comedy. I wanted to rate this higher, but there were a bunch of stupid jokes thrown in that I thought the movie could have done without. Otherwise, it's an exciting, fun, charming little comedy. Overall I enjoyed it anyway, even though it's not the best it could be.
January 28, 2012
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Not very strong but some scattered laughs and exotic Thailand locations. John Candy lends Tom Hanks a helpful comedy hand once again just like in Splash.
July 18, 2011
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Hilarious!
April 12, 2007
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