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In this adaptation of a semi-autobiographical Neil Simon play, young Eugene Morris Jerome (Matthew Broderick) enlists in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. He is shipped from his Brooklyn home to basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi. At boot camp, Eugene is antagonized by manic drill instructor Sergeant Toomey (Christopher Walken) and is introduced to adulthood through his experiences with a diverse group of young recruits, a Biloxi beauty, and a local prostitute.

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  • Nov 19, 2009
    Another corny adaption of a Neil Simon play. It is horribly acted by Matthew Broderick, who cannot act outside of a John Hughes film. It is a terrible coming of age story and a dime a dozen. The only redeeming quality was a rather good performance from Christopher Walken as a drill instructor.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2009
    "<b>Biloxi Blues</b> is about Eugene Morris Jerome who is drafted and shipped off to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi near the end of World War II. Right off the train Jerome immediately falls under Sgt. Toomey's shit list. Jerome is sarcastic and Toomey is a little off in the head, so they really don't mesh well together. Toomey targets Jerome for most of the film making him the outcast along with his fellow soldier Epstein, who is constantly put on latrine duty. Jerome learns a lot about himself during his time in Biloxi and has a lot of firsts. I must admit that losing his virginity has to be one of the funnier moments in the film. The way he's climbing all over her like a monkey was pretty funny. Walken and Broderick have great chemistry on screen and give really good performances. But Walken steals the show. The film is enjoyable and I really liked it. I would for sure see this again."
  • Aug 13, 2009
    The second chapter in Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical trilogy finds his alter ego, Eugene Jerome, on his way to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi during the waning days of WWII. It's at boot camp that he meets Sergeant Toomey, played by none other than Christopher Walken. Walken is one of the most intimidating screen presences in film history, and casting him as a "my way or the highway" drill sergeant is nothing short of genius. We're also introduced to a host of interesting characters in the form of Eugene's fellow recruits. That abundance of great characters also brings to light the movie's problem...the main character, Eugene, is the least interesting of them. Matthew Broderick gives a fine performance as Eugene, but he's given very little to do. We never learn anything new about him, and his character doesn't really grow by the time the movie is over. All of the other characters are given sides to their personalities that are revealed at various times of the movie, and the come across as real, and well rounded. Even the prostitute that Eugene loses his virginity to is more memorable than he is. Broderick also narrates the movie, and it's through there that we are given our only insight in to who he is, and what he's learning about the world, and himself. But thankfully we have all of those other characters, and their quirks an dilemmas that carry us through. Funny, with just the right touch of drama, it's one of your better boot camp movies.
    RJ M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2009
    A nice, charming, critical-of-America tale wrapped in an All-American veneer, as expected from Neil Simon. I like how every one of Eugene's barrack-mates have redeeming qualities. The scene where they read Eugene's journal out loud is maddening and cathartic.
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