Volunteers
Volunteers (1985)

When his father (George Plimpton) refuses to pay off his gambling debts, spoiled rich boy Lawrence Bourne III (Tom Hanks) flees the debt collectors by climbing aboard a Peace Corps plane headed to Thailand. Stuck in an isolated village, the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
58%
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User Score
35%


Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety

Promising premise and opening shortly descend into unduly protracted tedium.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hanks is excellent and has a way with funny lines that marks him as one of the better droll comic actors, if given the right material. Here, writers Ken Levine and David Isaacs have provided the actors with solid jokes.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

As a satire on the 1960s, the film, directed by Nicholas Meyer, is more sour than silly.

Time Out

A blasé Hanks redeems this string of sexist, racist, comic clichés with winning charm. It's funny.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Often funny premise, but comedy cast makes it work.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

One of the better films from Hanks' minor-league, pre-"Big" career.

Walter Goodman
New York Times

A little melancholy may blend with the laughter ''Volunteers'' draws at the expense of those earnest days when a President was urging people to ask what they could do for their country.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a silly, thoroughly unmemorable comedy...

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Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

No Time After Time or Star Trek 6, but you gotta love Candy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
A fun movie, pretty well written, with a good cast, and everything else is pretty average for an 80s comedy. I wanted to rate this higher, but there were a… More
Leo L
Hilarious!
Deb S
Tom Hanks plays a rich Harvard snob Lawrence Bourne III, a Yalie with an upper-crust accent who joins the Peace Core to escape his gambling debts. Once on the… More
Doctor Strangeblog
Not very strong but some scattered laughs and exotic Thailand locations. John Candy lends Tom Hanks a helpful comedy hand once again just like in… More