|Volunteers (1985) is a mostly unfunny
comedy staring Tom Hanks as a spoiled Yalie who runs off to the Peace
Corps to avoid paying a huge gambling debt.
He is off to Thailand with a "Long Island
Princess", played by Rita Wilson, whom Hanks would later marry in real life, and
with John Candy
as Tom Tuttle from Tacoma. Candy is to build a bridge across the river
for a small town. The CIA, a drug lord, and the Red Chinese all have
interests in the bridge. Hanks tries to scam his way to success.
|Jude Mussetter briefly shows breasts and buns during the setup as
the Smith valedictorian who beds Hanks.
|The film includes homages to many films
including Bridge On the River Kwai. The performances are all over the
top, but there are some nice scenics.
This movie is not
just a bad movie that Hanks happened to be in. The script has some
clever moments. To a great extent, Tom and the other actors made it a
bad movie with unsubtle, unfunny characterizations. Every time
we think that Tom Hanks is a venerable acting icon, it may be good to
remember his humble roots. He has been in the following:
- He Knows You're
- Joe vs The Volcano
- The Money Pit
- Turner and Hooch
- The Man With One
- Bachelor Party
- Bonfire of the
- the 'burbs
In other words,
before his 1992-2000 career as Tom Hanks, he had an earlier 1984-1990
career as Pauly Shore. Of course, Hanks had a couple good ones in that
earlier career, like Splash and Big, so on that basis alone he wasn't
quite in Paulyland.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C-.
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