Posted by: ckckred | June 5, 2013

Obstruction 1: In The Army Now

This is not a real review

I write a review on In The Army Now for the 5 Obstructions Blogathon

Pauly Shore remains one of the greatest comedians of his generation.  Shore was severely underappreciated in his time and practically all of his work received negative reviews, but one day audiences will realize the craft Shore put into his work, not too unlike Buster Keaton.  During the 90s, the prolific comic genius produced some of the funniest films ever in cinema history, such as the misunderstood masterpiece Jury Duty.  Shore’s greatest film though remains In The Army Now, a magnificent picture that rivals the best of Chaplin.

In The Army Now stars Shore as Bones Conaway, a slacker clerk who is fired from his job along with his friend Jack (Andy Dick).  The two decide to join the army, believing it to be an easy way to make a living.  Unfortunately for the duo, they have to endure basic training from a severe female drill sergeant as well as serving on a water purification team in Libya.  From there on out, In The Army turns into a rapid-fire satire of the U. S. army, mocking traditional military stereotypes and clichés.

What makes In The Army such a clever comedy is Shore himself.  The comedian is fearless in his role as Bones and is committed to making the audience laugh.  Andy Dick is the straight man of the two main characters, whose job is to react to reality.  The chemistry between Bones and Jack is the core of the picture and far stronger than anything Woody Allen or Wes Anderson has done.

A wonderful and severely underrated comedy full of wit and humor, In The Army Now is a classic meant to be seen by all.  Few comedians posses Shore’s talent, and it’s a shame that he continues to be overlooked.

Editor’s Note: Stunned?  Amazed?  Well, this isn’t a real review.  This is an entry for Nostra’s 5 Obstructions Blogathon, where bloggers write either a negative review of a movie they love or the contrary.  I chose the latter, meaning that I do not actually like In The Army Now.  It is a dreadful movie, one of the worst comedies you will ever see.  I just attempted to write an Armond White-style review.  So please stop writing that profanity filled comment.



  1. I like your entry and will add the link to the overview!

    • Thanks! Glad to contribute.

  2. Dude, that was funny. Pauly Shore in the same conversation with Keaton and Chaplin? Brilliant! LOLOLOL! Good stuff buddy!

    • Thanks! I forced myself to watch it the other day and it was pretty painful to sit through.

  3. YOU MOTHER F… oh, just read the end.

    • This comment made me LOL

    • Haha, I probably would have reacted the same way if I saw someone give Pauly Shore a good review.

  4. Great entry for this ‘obstruction’ 😉

  5. Stoneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey

  6. LOL, yeah… you got me there. I ALMOST started typing a comment after the first two paragraphs, hahaha. Cool idea for a blogothon!

  7. I kinda liked that film as I think it’s one of Pauly Shore’s better films. He peaked with that one and then came “Jury Duty” and he’s gone downhill since then.

    • I’ve actually only seen this and Jury Duty from Shore. Both are dreadful but I’ll at least admit In The Army Now is the better of the two. Thanks for commenting.

  8. Haha, I enjoyed that. Good work man! 🙂

  9. Loved this entry and now wish that I’d gone more of this route with my post. The idea of a world where a Pauly Shore movie as a “classic meant to be seen by all” is a wonderful place indeed.

    • Thanks! I tried to think of one of the worst movies I’ve seen and this immediately popped into my head. It was a lot of fun to write this review.

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