Volunteers (1985)


“It’s not that I can’t help these people. It’s just I don’t want to.” – Lawrence Bourne III

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – During the early days of the 1960’s a self righteous son of a millionaire runs away from his troubles and accidentally joins the Peace Corps.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about years ago, but never really had much interest in seeing what it was all about.

It turns out that I made the right decision to avoid this film because it really is terrible and it doesn’t manage to work on any level.

It is painful watching Tom Hanks in this film because of the future potential that is trying to burst out and instead we get to see how he wasted his early career on silly films like this.

The story itself is very predictable and is really a paint by numbers idea which has nothing interesting happening throughout the entire runtime.

The characters are boring to watch and if this is meant to be a comedy, it seem to be missing something integral to the genre and that is humor.

It’s sad to think that someone out there actually believed that this film had merit and was funny on some plane of existence.

Even John Candy, who was also a great and funny actor doesn’t manage to seem funny here but rather quite pathetic the entire time.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that doesn’t work on any level. Knowing the kind of talent that Hanks had in him makes this even worse since watching him waste his talent here is painful. The story is very paint by numbers and nothing interesting manages to happen at all along the way. For a comedy, this film isn’t funny at all and is actually sad to think that someone once thought that the ideas presented here are humorous. Even Candy doesn’t manage to be funny here. A Waste of time.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was mildly controversial for its Coca-Cola drink scene, which played like a very deliberate product placement. The movie was made by TriStar Pictures, which was a division of Columbia Pictures, which was owned by the Coca-Cola Company. Just recently, home video cassettes of Ghostbusters (1984) had been released with an advertisement for Coke on the tapes. The film’s co-Screenwriter Ken Levine has explained this on his blog by saying: “We wrote that Coke scene in the first draft, 1980. It stayed in every draft and wound up on the screen. Originally, the movie was set up at MGM. After a couple of years, it went into turnaround, finally landing at HBO Silver Screen in partnership with TriStar. This was 1984. TriStar was a division of Sony, as was the Coca-Cola Company. No one from the studio ever asked that that scene be in. No one from the studio ever mentioned that scene period. A year later, the film was released, and we walked into a major sh*tstorm. I look back and think, all of this could have so easily been avoided if he just offered her a joint”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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