Cowboy on the Ocean | West Texas Native | 10/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Steve Martin is simply the funniest guy in show business. A great remake of a classic. No one can play characters the way Steve can and this movie is sure to entertain one and all."
One of my Favorite movies!
bluemoon21 | Anytown, USA | 05/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No, its not classy. No one uses sharp, flashy camera moves to wow the viewer. The plot line is neither deep nor inriching for the soul. Still, Sgt. Bilko is an incredibly funny movie that shows Steve Martin at his height of comedy. The story, which involves Steve Martin as a sargeant who uses his motor pool as a small casino for the soldiers on the base behind his superior's back, is outrageously funny and sends that viewer from beginning to end without becoming belabored. Bottom line: This is a great movie that cane be enjoyed by anyone!"
Close -- But No Cigar
J. GENIO | Earth | 09/21/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I give credit to Steve Martin for trying to portray a Phil Silvers-like Ernie Bilko. Steve Martin came close -- but, no cigar. Also, Ernie Bilko (Phil Silvers) needed his support cast to be really funny. Unfortunately, the support cast in this movie remake of a great T.V. show just wasn't there. There were some laughs in this movie: Using mirrors to make a stock room look fill, moving boxes to make it look as if everything was on hand, and the daily "Bilko" lottery. However, there just weren't enough of these "con-man gags." At times the dialog became overly boring and trite. This isn't the greatest movie on earth. Frankly speaking, I have seen Steve Martin a lot funner. By the same token, this movie isn't all that bad, and it could be viewed to pass the time on a rainy/snowy afternoon. For this reason, I rate this movie three stars."
More a tribute to 70's Steve Martin than Silvers
Rottenberg's rotten book review | nyc | 06/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though based on the famous character in Phil Silver's famous oldie TV show, the new "Sergeant Bilko" is less an homage to that show than it is to the classic Steve Martin of his 1970's days. Though this Bilko (again a shifty and tireless grafter, the evil face of non-coms everywhere) is very much the opportunist that Silvers' character was (he runs the base casino), as shy of risk as Silvers was (the unit's mobilization orders for Desert Storm mysteriously disappeared) and manages to get caught in his own dealings as Silvers had (Bilko botches the fixing of an Army boxing match, unwittingly tricking each boxer to think he's the one who's supposed to take a fall) the screwball zaniness is very much out of Steve Martin's SNL days.
The script has Bilko's unit charged with testing a brand new army weapon - a "hovertank" that is soon to be cancelled because, among other things, it simply doesn't work. That the hovertank's end will spell doom for his own cozy position doesn't seem to bother Bilko, mostly because he lives day-to-day. Things change when the officer charged with evaluating the hovertank turns out to be the fearsome Major Thorn (Phil Hartman). Years earlier, Bilko unwittingly made an enemy of Thorn by accidentally implicating him in one of his bitched schemes. Now a major, Thorne isn't simply content enough to eliminate the Hovertank, but must now axe Bilko as well. They say that desperate times reveal the man, and Bilko is now revealed to be the spineless weasel his troops have come to love. Martin plays Bilko like a character from one of his old SNL skits. It's sort of fun to watch the guy work on material we haven't seen since his more sedate days playing less zany funnymen ("LA Story", "Roxanne") and more mature dramatic roles ("The Spanish Prisoner", "Grand Canyon" and that update of "Silas Marner"). It's light and breezy and you'll probably forget most of the gags, and the script under-uses most of the supporting cast (especially the now late-great Phil Hartman as Bilko's evil nemesis), but it's still fun."
sushishrink | Charlottesville, VA | 01/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You may have forgotten just how funny this one is. It's great for those times when you just want to smile, but aren't sure what to watch. Plus, you have the added benefit that most young people haven't seen it yet! Nothing too objectionable in it, so that's good too."