Private Benjamin (1980)

HOWARD ZIEFF

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1980.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1980.  Golden Globe Awards 1980New York Film Critics Awards 1980.  

My favourite Goldie Hawn movie. All her life, Judy Benjamin (Hawn) has been pegged into the role of spoiled Jewish princess, and thus far she’s accepted it. After the death of her husband (Albert Brooks) on their wedding night, however, she goes into a state of depression and while at the very bottom of her emotional pit, falls for a recruitment officer’s sales pitch and joins the army. What the military doesn’t realize is that this bubbly, slovenly, completely discipline-challenged young lady is going to prove to be the best soldier they’ve ever had. The screenplay is a marvelous collection of hilarious sight gags and witty one-liners (who doesn’t love when Hawn asks the people handing out the uniforms if they come in any other colour?), but it’s also an empowering story about learning to be the person you want to be and not the person others see in you.   Eileen Brennan has a wonderful supporting role as Hawn’s frustrated army leader, but this is the bright comedienne’s show all the way, and she’s a stunner.

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  1. I have seen this movie so many times, I grew up with it!

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