In the Army Now Reviews
Basically, slacker Pauly Shore and Andy Dick go to the army to earn money to open up a stero shop. Mischief and stupid screwball comedy ensues.
At least In the Army Now tried to present itself as kind of a comedy, unlike Bio Dome or Jury Duty. It didn't do a very good job, as I only watched around 45 minutes of it and didn't laugh once. Then again, I expected this from a Pauly Shore film. Stay clear of this stinker.
Of course, it suffers the expected flaws of a Pauly Shore comedy. In this case, it's mainly the screenplay which leaves the actors to work with lines that seem to fake and too rehearsed to be considered real by even a scientologist.
Also, the story ends up chronicling a cast of characters played by Pauly Shore in the lad who have a decent performance both comedically and even somewhat dramatically, but supported by Andy Dick and Lori Petty whose poor script lines leave them with the chemistry of a disgruntled ox and Silent Bob, as well as David Alan Grier who basically spends the duration of the film screaming like a damsel in distress without even a laugh.
But the main problem is that In the Army Now doesn't give Pauly Shore the oppurtunity to pursue his Weasel antics aside from the start of the story, and basically the entire film is one written by five writers which could have been performed by anyone, except since Pauly Shore was chosen the blame falls on him when in actuality he's the one person putting in sufficient effort to hold the story together with a mostly dramatic and at time comedic performance, and unfortunately it doesn't work because there's nobody there to help him and people are expecting a stupid comedy but get left with just plain stupidity with Pauly Shore's face on it.
On the plus side, there was surprisingly good action in its brief moments and in parts there is decent laughs, and as a whole it's a convincing war film with a decent lead from Pauly Shore in the dramatic sense, even though it isn't what you'd expect.
The production values are good and so is the musical score, and overall Daniel Petrie Jr.'s direction is decent, but it can't compare to his masterful film Toy Soldiers.
So In the Army Now is no weasel film or sufficiently funny comedy, but it's well made and has a decent lead, even though that's not what you'd expect or want.
..Doesn't everyone have a go-to Pauly Shore flick?