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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
Aug 16, 1985 Wide
Mar 13, 2001
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Lawrence Bourne III
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Promising premise and opening shortly descend into unduly protracted tedium.
A blasé Hanks redeems this string of sexist, racist, comic clichés with winning charm. It's funny.
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.
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.
Often funny premise, but comedy cast makes it work.
As a satire on the 1960s, the film, directed by Nicholas Meyer, is more sour than silly.
One of the better films from Hanks' minor-league, pre-"Big" career.
No Time After Time or Star Trek 6, but you gotta love Candy.
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