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The General's Daughter
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Starring: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, James Woods, Leslie Stefanson
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Defintely not.
Date Movie: She might get creeped out, or disgusted.
Gratuitous Sex: Let's see? The General's daughter is into S&M, nymphomania, making porn tapes, and is killed in the nude, tied by tent stakes at each limb.
Gratuitous Violence: Rape and murder. I'd say so.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Nah.
Memorable Scene: None.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Simon West
Produced By: Mace Neufeld

The General's Daughter
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:55 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I can't remember at exactly what point it was during "The General's Daughter," but all of a sudden I found myself bored. I did sit there wondering exactly who was to blame for the murder of, well, the General's daughter, and they did a pretty good job of twisting and turning things so you really weren't sure, but I just found myself sitting there wishing the movie would finally expose the killer so I could go home.

In a nutshell, "The General's Daughter" story kinda goes like this. John Travolta plays Paul Brenner. He's a warrant officer for the army, kinda like a cop, kinda not like a cop, and he's now been put in charge of figuring out who killed Captain Campbell (Leslie Stefanson). He's teamed up with Sarah (Madeleine Stowe), who, of course, used to be a love interest, and we get wrapped up in a murder mystery involving everyone on base. It seems Captain Campbell was kinda kinky, a pay-back for something that happened earlier in her career, and now it's important no one find out just what she was into, only to wrap up the case quickly so the FBI doesn't get involved because the General is retiring, probably going to run for office, and a kinky daughter who gets killed on his base isn't really going to bode well in the papers. So, Paul and Sarah do their investigating, eventually the real killer is exposed, we find out that the General is a total scum, and I didn't care.

I don't know what it was, why, where, or how, but I just lost interest somewhere in the middle. It was obvious the killer wasn't Colonel Moore (James Wood in a great role), it was obvious the killer wasn't the General (that would be too easy), and it was obvious that something in Campbell's past would lead us to the killer. But, it wasn't obvious why the movie took so long to get to an answer.

Acting-wise Travolta did a good job - not his greatest work, but I enjoyed him anyway. Stowe brought some fun to her role, but I didn't buy the old romantic interest thing, and Woods was terrific as the implicated Colonel who couldn't be the killer because, well, I guess I'll keep that secret. But the story just didn't click. It had sex, it had murder, it had suspense, and it looked good, but it just didn't flow. Oh well.

I'll keep this short and say that "The General's Daughter" might be better off at a matinee or wait for video. Save the $8 for the slew of better movies out there. It's 2 stars out of 5 for "The General's Daughter."

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

 

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