Wayans plays a near-maniacal Army Major assigned to whip a detail of dysfunctional children into shape to win a war games competition, making for some hilarious moments of truly inspired lunacy. Remake of the 1955 movie THE PRIVATE WAR OF MAJOR BENSON starring Charlton Heston.
Major Benson Payne experiences severe culture shock when he leaves the Marines; a couple of decades in uniform have left him unprepared for civilian life. Through the help of a friend, he gets a position leading a ROTC outfit at a prep school, but his young recruits are thoroughly unprepared for his gruff and acerbic rigidity. The major has a change of heart -- and loosens up considerably -- when he meets a winsome and intelligent doctor who provides just the romantic touch he needs.
Shot in DeLuxe color. Based on the 1955 film "The Private War of Major Benson."
"...It certainly has spit and polish and runs through its drill with admirable precision..." - 03/20/1995 Variety
"...Mr. Wayans gives the dark cartoonish comedy an irreverent edge..." - 03/24/1995 New York Times, p.C16
"...It's an ideal entertainment for youthful audiences that allows Damon Wayans to be at his best in a dream part..." - 03/24/1995 Los Angeles Times, p.F12
"...Wayans is one of the most talented comic actors around....As Major Payne he is plenty outrageous..." - 03/24/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33