Gung Ho
Gung Ho (1986)

Ron Howard's culture-clash comedy stars Michael Keaton as a go-between for American auto workers and their Japanese factory owners.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 16, 2002
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35%
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46%



Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Its tone swings violently from pratfall to preachment, from an indictment of featherbed laziness to an extended beer-commercial celebration of the mythical American worker.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's more cheerful than funny, and so insistently ungrudging about Americans and Japanese alike that its satire cuts like a wet sponge.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Delivers plenty of laughs and cross-cultural insights in this drama about the contrast between American and Japanese attitudes toward work.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Drawn from real life, the conflict between cultures is good for both a laugh and a sober thought along the way.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A disappointment, a movie in which the Japanese are mostly used for the mechanical requirements of the plot, and the Americans are constructed from durable but boring stereotypes.

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Film4

Howard appears to have learnt surprisingly little about comic timing during his long tenure on Happy Days, leaving his star with little to do but force an inane grin and hope for the best.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The hero, though funny, is ultimately unsympathetic, securing through his cosy pacts nobody's position but his own, while the upbeat ending justifies strike-breaking. With comrades like this, who needs class enemies?

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Keaton is lovable, as usual, but he comes across as a dumb jerk. This was an obvious attempt at 1930s-type social comedy. Social it may have been; comedic it wasn't.

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

The stereotypes are too broad for comfort, despite some funny moments.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Almost okay for the times. Way too dated now.
Dann Michalski
Gung Ho is a brilliantly hilarious political satire from director Ron Howard. Starring Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, John Turturro, and Mimi… More
xGary Xx
Half hearted culture clash comedy packed with racial stereotypes and (surprise surprise) life lessons. The fact that the arrogance of the US workers wavers when… More
Lee Kyle
Good auto makers movie,Micheal Keaton is very underated.
Dean McKenna
Michael Keaton hasn't reckoned just how few laughs will stem from the idea that the Japanese are hard-working automatons while Yanks take a more relaxed… More