Saturday, May 21, 2011

Movie Moments: #37

Major Payne (1995)

Artsy movies may be the choice of critics and people who go to art house movie theatres but oftentime B grade movies are more fun and more entertaining. Case in point: Major Payne. It is corny, over acted and politically incorrect but very funny and a film I enjoy watching every now and then. (Yes, I do watch films more than once. Rereading books and rewatching movies every now and then is like coming back to a favourite haunt).

A hardened Marine killing machine is discharged and finds it hard to adapt to civilian life. Placed in charge of a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at a prep school, his tough military methods cause the young students under his care to want to get rid of him. Think Full Metal Jacket meets Kindergarten Cop.

Major Payne: “You'll get no sympathy from me. You want sympathy, look in the dictionary between shit and syphilis.”

In one scene, Major Payne tells the children, "Now apparently, what we have here, is a failure to communicate!" This is a famous quote from the Paul Newman movie Cool Hand Luke.

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