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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Toby Jones lead the laughter attack in this uproarious WWII comedy. It’s 1944 and the war is reaching its climax for Captain Mainwaring (Jones), Sergeant Wilson (Nighy) and the woefully inept Home Guard platoon of Walmington-on-Sea. Patrolling the Dover army base that’s vital to D-Day’s success, the boys make even bigger fools of themselves to impress a glamorous reporter (Zeta-Jones). The Invasion is soon put at risk, however, when a Nazi spy manages to infiltrate the town and the war’s very outcome now rests in the hands of a bumbling troop of reservists.
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British WWII comedy with slapstick action won't engage kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dad's Army, a British release based on a very popular English sitcom that ran from 1968 to 1977, is a wartime comedy. A troupe of respected actors -- some little known for comic prowess; others who've made it a career -- have been mustered to fight for England on the homefront, with tongue in cheek, near the end of World War II. All members of what came to be known as The Home Guard, these are characters either too old or too infirm to do battle in the trenches. Instead, they're called upon to aid the Allies by patrolling the south coast of England just prior to the Normandy Invasion. Though there's light intrigue and a comic shoot-out or two (one early fatal encounter with a spy), the film is neither suspenseful nor violent; there's nothing to distract from the jokes or amusing characterizations. A bit of flirting, a mug of ale, and a hint of infidelity are the only mature elements. Still, innocent as it is, and despite watching some beloved movie actors having fun together, it's doubtful that kids will find the film engaging, relevant, or even funny enough.
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- Release Date:February 5, 2016
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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