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G.I. Jane
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Starring: Demi Moore, Viggio Mortensen, Anne Bancroft
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Hollywood Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Oh no, I don't think so.
Date Movie: They might hold your hand.
Gratuitous Sex: No.
Gratuitous Violence: It's a movie about Navy SEAL training, I would hope so.
Action: Pretty much so.
Laughs: Not really.
Memorable Scene: When Master Chief puts all of the worn out recruits in a room to write an essay, then leaves the room, turns out the lights, turns up the heat, cranks some opera music and tells the boys (and girl) he wants to see open eyes when he comes back. Reminded me of some of my exams I've taken in a hot auditorium.
Memorable Quote: Anytime the Senator opens her mouth.
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Produced By: Ridley Scott, Demi Moore, Roger Bimbaum, and Suzanne Todd

G.I. Jane
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:04 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
So, everyone's been wondering if Demi Moore could pull off a blockbuster or else her career may have hit the fan. Well, blockbuster's may come, and they may go, but "G.I. Jane" is a pretty damn good movie.

The story is almost right out of the headlines - a female trying to make her way into the male dominated military. But this is no getting into the Citadel, this story revolves around politics, determination, and Lt. Jordan O'Neil (Moore) making her way through Navy SEAL training.

Kinda pissed that through her years of military training she can't really advance any further because she's a she, O'Neil gets a phone call one day from Senator Lillian DeHaven. This spry old Senator has been making deals, wants to make more headlines, and O'Neil is her ticket. She's convinced the Navy to let in a female in trade for a governmental appointment, and everyone thinks O'Neil will fail, all except O'Neil. O'Neil is now thrown into a totally man's world, from the locker room comments to the short hair, and her determination comes off as not wanting to show the men that a woman can make it through SEAL training but of simply wanting to become a Navy SEAL.

So, yea, it's pretty easy to see that O'Neil is going to get female stereotypes thrown at her, but she isn't looking for special treatment - she just wants to be one of the boys, and sheds her hair, her separate quarters, and her special "female" conditions to make it through SEAL training just like everyone else. And, low and behold, she does (is this a surprise?). Anyway, she almost doesn't make it, and not for her performance. Nope, seems she gets set up by the man, err, I mean woman, in the likes of the Senator. More political dealings find O'Neil in some photos that could be seen as, hmm, basically insinuating that O'Neal would have been a lesbian. Personally I think that would have been an even better story, let's tie the entire females and gays in the military all in one movie, but I digress. Anyway, O'Neal plays hardball with the Senator, gets re-instated, and it's off to a surprise combat mission in Libya.

Now, through it all we also get a great performance by Viggo Mortensen as Master Chief John Urgayle. He's pissed that there's a female in his group, but female or no female it's no holds barred on her and the rest of the SEAL recruits. This guy is a bad-ass, and everyone feels it. But we also find that this guy does have a heart. He knows his job - to whip the new recruits into the best fighting unit in the world, and he does it well. But, in the end, his "I'm a total asshole" image is shed, at least for a brief moment.

So, does Demi help females get into the Navy SEAL program? Who knows. Could Demi kick my ass? For sure (I doubt I could do one of those vertical sit-ups, let alone many). Is "G.I. Jane" a good film? Sure. But I did have one problem with the film and that was the ending cinematography. The whole movie was shot pretty greatly, tight shots of Demi working out, great fight scenes, the ordered chaos of training, and everything else really, up until the end. I don't know whose idea it was, but for the final battle scene they decided to vibrate the camera, kinda like gunfire, sucked. Quite honestly I almost vomited my popcorn. It was annoying to me, I hated it, and really just wish they would have filmed a pretty decent ambush scene without all that jittery crap. Oh well.

So, it looks like Demi Moore is back. Most people are liking "G.I. Jane," and I do to. We'll give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!!! L8R!!

 

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