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It's December of 1941, and the people of California are in varying states of unease, ranging from a sincere desire to defend the country to virtual blind panic in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thus begin several story threads that comprise the "plot" of this strange period comedy, a sort of satirical disaster movie, from Steven Spielberg. The stories and story threads involve lusty young men, officers (Tim Matheson) and civilians (Bobby Di Cicco) alike, eager to bed the young ladies of their dreams; Wild Bill Kelso, a nutty fighter pilot (John Belushi)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It may possibly be that Mr. Spielberg has chosen gigantic size and unlimited quantity as his comedy method in the awareness that he has no gift whatsoever for small-scale comic conceits."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Over the top Spielberg comedy, most noted for effects and Belushi."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"The most underrated film of Steven Spielberg's entire career."
‑ Paul Matwychuk, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Unworkable farce, it maybe, but it is also blessed with the buzz of brilliance."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"This wannabe satire of WWII is the first and one of the few commercial flops in Spielberg's otherwise distinguished and popular output."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Screendaily
"A loud, chaotic, overproduced comedy that's often more destructive than funny."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Not as bad as legend says, but still pretty bad."
‑ Bob Grimm, Reno News and Review
"Unjustly lambasted comic insanity."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"I love 1941. I don't apologize to you, or my fellow critics, or even Spielberg for that."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Everything bad about Spielberg in one bulging package."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It aims at screwball comedy and falls on its face."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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