Private Benjamin

Private Benjamin
Private Benjamin
  • R
  • 1h 50m
  • 1980
Fresh81%
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Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn stars as a rich girl who mistakes the army for a country club and enlists in this sophisticated comedy. Twenty-eight-year-old Judy Benjamin (Hawn) has been pampered, indulged, coddled and overprotected her whole life. But when her wealthy bridegroom dies on their wedding night, for the first time ever she must find a job. Meeting an unscrupulous army recruiter and reading the glossy promotional materials, Judy believes she can solve all her financial problems while losing weight. Now, shocked when she discovers the real army, Judy surprises everyone--including herself--by transforming into a lean, mean fighting machine.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh81%
Critics Consensus: Private Benjamin proves a potent showcase for its Oscar-nominated star, with Hawn making the most of a story that rests almost completely on her daffily irresistible charm.
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Washington Post
Gary Arnold
Rotten

"Private Benjamin" seems coarse, sluggish and interminable as a comedy scenario, but the profoundl...

June 25, 2017
Variety
Variety Staff
Rotten

[Hawn's] not so gifted that she can carry a heavy load of indifferent material on her own two litt...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams
Rotten

Another depressing example of the big-screen gag-string sitcom, it turns exclusively on a plot tha...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Funny fish-out-of-water comedy with lots of sexual content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Private Benjamin, a 1980 award winner and box office bonanza for Goldie Hawn, is a salute to the young women who were just beginning to assert themselves in the early years of what was then known as "women's lib." Although it's a comedy through and through -- with lots of laughs, broad send-ups of chauvinistic men, fairy-tale moments that cling to and then shatter stereotypes -- it was as timely as it was silly. Its R rating is a result of numerous sexual scenes, which include partial nudity, foreplay, implied oral sex, and sexual intercourse shot from the participants' shoulders up. Most of these scenes are intended as humor. One comic attempted sexual assault encounter feels particularly outdated and tasteless. Salty language ("goddamn," "hell," "ass", "s--t") and sexual chatter about orgasms and prior sexual experience is heard occasionally. Some Jewish stereotyping includes a prototypical lavish Jewish wedding, the Jewish princess, a Jewish doctor, and a generally affluent culture. One scene finds an inebriated army officer trying to inspect her troops; some casual drinking occurs as well. A campfire scene shows a group of female soldiers sharing a marijuana cigarette and getting stoned. Lots of characters smoke.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:October 10, 1980
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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