Weekend Pass (1984) from Tuna

Weekend Pass is an 80s sexploitation comedy about four sailors who have just completed basic training at San Diego, and are off to LA for a big weekend liberty before heading to their first duty stations. We have a black ex gang-banger who was given a choice by the court of boot camp or jail, a college graduate who thinks he is God's gift to the ladies, a wannabe comedian who is scheduled to debut at a comedy club on open mike night, and a nerd with a blind date waiting for him. There first stop is The G String for lunch and tits, the latter provided by clothing removal experts Sara Costa and Ashley St. John.

The others decide to get the nerd laid, and call Chop Suzi outcall, whereupon he gets a nearly fatal massage from a topless Cheryl Song. The college man's big date with Hilary Shapiro, wherein she shows breasts and buns, is a complete bust. All four seaman apprentices end up with a decent date the last night of the liberty.

My biggest complaint was that they did not do their research on the Navy. If recruits marched the way this bunch did at graduation, they would be doing boot camp over again. The uniforms resembled what sailors who had sea time would look like, especially in the way the hats were bent, but not recruits. They didn't take off their hats indoors. After having just finished boot camp, they would not have made that mistake. They were called "seaman," even though their two stripes clearly shows them as seaman apprentices. In the Navy, recruits get one stripe. For a much better idea of sailors on the town, see Cinderella Liberty or The Last Detail

On the other hand, this is just supposed to be a sexploitation film, not a cinema classic, and it works as light entertainment. The IMDb score of 2.5 underrates it significantly. The actual arithmetic mean is 4.3, which is closer to what the film deserves, given that their adventures are believable, there are some amusing moments in the film, and some pretty women deliver some pleasant T&A. Granted, I have a weakness for this kind of material, but I don't think you'll find this one so bad at all if you're open to the pleasures of the genre.



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Based on this description, it's a C-. If you like this sort of movie, this one is just barely good enough when you need a fix. Otherwise, steer clear.

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