Private Benjamin
Private Benjamin (1980)

Devastated when her brand-new husband (Albert Brooks) drops dead on their wedding night, Jewish American princess Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn) is receptive to the pitch delivered by a duplicitous recruiter for the Women's Army Corps.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 7, 1980
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Private Benjamin proves a potent showcase for its Oscar-nominated star, with Hawn making the most of a story that rests almost completely on her daffily irresistible charm.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

"Private Benjamin" seems coarse, sluggish and interminable as a comedy scenario, but the profoundly depressing aspect of it is that Goldie Hawn appears to be receding as a comedienne and emerging as a boss lady.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Zieff demonstrates great skill in keeping the gags aloft and in finding new ways by which to free the laughs trapped inside old routines about latrine duty, war games, forced marches and calisthenics.

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TV Guide

The pampered Hawn's reactions to rigorous training exercises, her interactions with her superiors, and a not-quite-successful love affair with French physician Armand Assante while on duty in Europe inspire plenty of laughs.

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Variety Staff

[Hawn's] not so gifted that she can carry a heavy load of indifferent material on her own two little shoulders, without considerable sagging.

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William Thomas
Empire Magazine

This is arguably although unfortunately Goldie Hawn's most memorable role.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Funny fish-out-of-water comedy with lots of sexual content.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Another depressing example of the big-screen gag-string sitcom, it turns exclusively on a plot that grew from a concept that developed from an idea that somebody should never have had - Goldie Hawn joins the army.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

It's basically a one-joke effort, but that joke has Hawn throwing herself with great gusto into the role of a bewildered spoilt brat who comes good and her Oscar-nominated performance has huge charm.

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Emanuel Levy

Goldie Hawn gives a charming, Oscar-nominated performance in this lightly feminist service comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
One half of this situation comedy has a one joke premise that wears thin fast, that of a poor little rich girl forced to live out of her ivory tower. Ho-hum.… More
Directors Cat
It's a good film, but only for it's obvious target audience. It has a few funny moments but it got boring in it's second half and ran out of… More
Jim Hunter
Thinking that it's a vacation spot, Jewish American Princess joins the Army. Goldie Hawn, whose work never impressed me before, gives an excellent… More
Aj V
An okay movie, but it reminded me of the 50s movie, Never Wave at a WAC, which was funnier than this movie. There are some funny scenes in this movie, but… More
Christian C
Goldie Hawn -- I remember when she was cute. Sadly, cute grimaces don't make up for talent.
Lady D'arbanville
One of my favourite 80?s films, this is a guilty pleasure of mine. Some comical and cheesy moments, but they suit the era and is ultimately a fun watch.