In the Army Now
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Comedian Pauly Shore goes to boot camp in this comedy adventure set in Chad. It was filmed on location in the California and Arizona deserts. Shore is cast as Bones, a dreamer who wants to open his own stereo shop with his best friend Jack. To earn the cash, Bones talks Jack into joining the Army reserves. In boot camp, they are trained as water purifiers. While in camp, they meet the feisty Christine who takes no guff from men and Fred who is afraid of everything. The foursome are called to active duty and positioned in the deserts of Chad. Through a great mix up, they find themselves driving… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

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"If Shore's comic genius eludes you or if you find the film something less than a constant laugh riot, you may still be willing to agree that it's amiable enough and not begrudge in the least the likelihood that Shore fans will be pleased."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The movie's best performance is given by a camel."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"There's no satire, no farce, no wit -- just dumb utterances and whimsical slapstick."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"If this guy is funny -- and evidently a constituency exists somewhere, probably France -- then his appeal is inscrutable to me and millions of other Americans."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Shore's character -- an immature, SoCal mall rat--may have been tolerable introducing videos on MTV, but 90 straight minutes of his lackadaisical schtick borders on torture."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Is In the Army Now funny? Yes, Drill Sergeant, Sir! Is it stupid? Yes, sir! Does it kill brain cells? Yes, sirree!"
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[An] abysmal knockoff of Stripes."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Anyone determined to accentuate the positive (and damn with the faintest of praise) could say this movie isn't quite as stupid as Shore's Son-in-Law. That's the best that can be said."
‑ , People Magazine
"For this they needed three screenwriters?"
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Should be discharged"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Being an appealing, shallow goof-off can wear thin, and Shore seems incapable of carrying a movie, even when it's a 90-minute knock-off like this."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Putting Mr. Shore under the authority of a pretty female drill sergeant (Lynn Whitfield) is, along with that bad haircut, one of this film's only ways of getting laughs."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Was a much better movie when called "Stripes.""
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is Hollywood combat at its most irritatingly banal."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"A good reason to go AWOL."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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