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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 reluctant Lawrence must team up with the enthusiastic Tom Tuttle (John Candy) to attempt to build a bridge and help out the local townsfolk.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Promising premise and opening shortly descend into unduly protracted tedium."
‑ , Variety
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As a satire on the 1960s, the film, directed by Nicholas Meyer, is more sour than silly."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A blasé Hanks redeems this string of sexist, racist, comic clichés with winning charm. It's funny."
‑ , Time Out
"Often funny premise, but comedy cast makes it work."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"One of the better films from Hanks' minor-league, pre-"Big" career."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"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."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"...a silly, thoroughly unmemorable comedy..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"No Time After Time or Star Trek 6, but you gotta love Candy."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
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