60/60 Extra: Stripes.

Note: I know, I know, two "Extras" in a row that are in Short Review format... but again, I just have little to say.


After a man loses his job, girlfriend, and apartment, a sarcastic guy and his stoner friend join the army and try to make it through boot camp and their first real mission.

Starring: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, John Candy, and Judge Reinhold.

My Reaction: Bill Murray is funny as always. I really liked the majority of the film up through the boot camp stuff. But after they leave boot camp, my interest started to wane a bit... strangely my reaction to Full Metal Jacket, too. It's still a really entertaining and funny movie, though. There are a lot of scenes to enjoy, such as the singing while marching, the mud wrestling scene, and more. Though maybe it's because I'm used to R. Lee Ermey, but Warren Oates felt like a subpar version. And his random mouth-twitching kinda bugged me for some reason. Anyway, that's really all I have to say on the film... which is why I went with this format.

I Am McLovin!


  1. "Lighten up, Francis!" I use that quote all of the time. Sgt. Hulka is great, even though R. Lee stole his thunder.

    Love the cast, and it's a fun, fun flick through the first hour. Stolen from often, even though it's really not ALL that great. The first 20 minutes are fantastic, though.

  2. I agree--the first hour or so is the best. After they leave the boot camp is where things lost my attention.

  3. I watched this recently for some reason. It was funny in parts but a lot of it never landed for me. And, like you said, once they leave base camp it becomes less interesting.


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