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Bill Murray has joined the Army, and the Army will never be the same! When John Winger (Murray) loses his job, his car, his apartment and his girlfriend, all in one day, he decides he only has one option: volunteer for Uncle Sam. He talks his friend Russell (Harold Ramis) into enlisting with him. Where else, they figure, can they help save the world for democracy and meet girls! John and Russell find basic training a snap: they are arrested twice, have endless run-ins with their drill sergeant (Warren Oates) and get into a big mess at a female mud-wrestling match. They even steal a top secret government vehicle to take some gorgeous female MPs on a date, and wind up behind the Iron Curtain. Stripes is outrageous fun! And that's the fact Jack!
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Critics Consensus: A raucous military comedy that features Bill Murray and his merry cohorts approaching the peak of their talents.
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Common Sense Says
Comic '80s military romp has violence, nudity, language.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 1981's Stripes is comic mayhem with a young Bill Murray reprising the cheeky hapless character he created for television's Saturday Night Live and in Meatballs and Caddyshack on the big screen. This time, Murray takes his deft comic arrogance into the U.S. military, dragging BFF and frequent playmate Harold Ramis into the fray along with him. It's typical fish-out-of-water fare, with some rapid-fire cartoon action; sexy, big-breasted women (some of those big breasts are bare); and enough bawdy language ("f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "ass") to earn MPAA's R rating. Slapstick and exaggerated violence include a mini-war with armed Russian troops (explosions, gunfire, flamethrowers, armored tanks) and the usual falls, bonks, and mishaps. The "ditzy," voluptuous mud-wrestling "girls" are almost balanced by some coolheaded, female army MPS, but woman-as-sex-object scenes tip the scales in 1981's direction. The film's often-funny, juvenile humor would appeal to even young teens, but the language and nudity make it problematic for those audiences.
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- Release Date:June 26, 1981
- Audio Format:5.1
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