In a desperate attempt to escape the bookies to whom he owes a lot of money, a playboy enlists in the Peace Corps and is sent on a mission to Thailand. Far from being an altruist, however, this capitalist is soon turning a... more » profit and starts improving the desperate conditions around him, much to the chagrin of the idealists who volunteered. An underrated farce.« less
Larry N. from BEALETON, VA Reviewed on 12/2/2015...
The reviews and descriptions give good synopsis' of the movie. It has some good humor and I found it to be very entertaining.
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Mary M. (ceresmary) from COLUMBUS, OH Reviewed on 4/8/2011...
It helps to be from that era, a bit. The humor is fantastic with enough twists, turns and funny parts to that make it repeatable as a DVD, rather than a one hit wonder. John Candy helps this movie along, same with the rest of the cast: it plays well. It isn't "Harold and Maude" mind you, (one that really can be watched many, many times)but it holds it own.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jennifer M. (markschgirl) from TOLEDO, OH Reviewed on 4/4/2011...
2 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
"Move This Log And I'll Sleep With Each One Of You".
Mr. | USA | 07/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Back in 1984, Tom Hanks was on a roll. After making it big on the small screen in the popular comedy, Bosom Buddies, and making an even bigger "Splash" in the 1983 film directed by Ron Howard, Hanks started gaining prominance as an actor. His next film, 1984s Bachelor Party, brought his persona to a much different audience which did not stop the film from becoming a success. 1985s Volunteers, however, would be a different story. Although this film is about Ivy Leager, Lawrence Bourne III (Hanks) who joins the Peace Corp to get out of a gambling dept, it is not for a huge audience. However, there are a couple of important reasons to own it. 1. This was the 2nd and final teaming of Hanks with fellow "Splash" costar, John Candy, who's performance in this film as the goodnatured Tom Tuttle can be hard not to laugh at (the brainwashing scene is a killer). 2. Volunteers is the movie where Hanks met his wife, Rita Wilson, who costars with him as Beth Wexler. It's just a lot of fun to watch the chemestry between these two and also quite touching since they are still together today. One of my favorite scenes is when Beth is unsuccessfully trying to get the natives to move a log, so Lawrence tells her to repeat something he says in their language, and after she does, the natives scurry the log away. "What did I just say?", she asks him. He replies, "Move this log and I'll sleep with each one of you". A silly but intimate exchange between the two of them.This DVD is not bad as far as price is concerned and it's even shown in the Widescreen Format (1.85:1), but you may not know that since the back of the case is a bit unclear (the only indication is "Aspect 16:9", which some people may not understand). Even the original theatrical trailer is here in Widescreen. Plus you even get some nice Cast & Crew Bios. So if you really enjoy Tom Hanks and/or John Candy, check this film out. "It's not that I can't help these people, it's just that...I don't want to".-Tom Hanks as Lawrence Bourne III"
A lot better movie than it gets credit for.
J. Reed | Charlotte, NC | 08/03/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Glad to see only one bad review for this movie. I loved it. It really just depends what you like in a movie. I loved 1941 but hated American Pie. If your an Adam Sandler fan then I bet you hate it too. If your a Hanks or Candy fan then you must see it. Alan5973 has most of the high points covered. Great lines. The Tom Tuttle from Tacoma brainwash is classic. I also think it is cool seeing Hanks and Wilson together."
Jimmy Verona | Ga | 02/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This comedy really struck me as great. Some have bashed Tom Hanks in this movie as unfunny and John Candy as the highlight, but I think Tom Hanks is just plain hilarious, but then again I've always loved dead-pan humor. Candy on the other hand is the fallguy to Hanks straightman. The basic plot is Hanks is a rich prick in serious debt and joins the peace corps to get away from it all. While in Thailand, Tom Hanks has to learn to become a better person. Simple premise, but, like I said earlier, you'll love it. Also, this film features and early score by James Horner, which is a nice bonus for soundtrack fans. Truthfully the only reason this film did not get 5 stars was the lack of DVD features, but the flick itself is great. Worth your cash."
Two thumbs up from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
A. J. Greep | Brooklyn, NY | 12/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer myself I find this film hysterical. The first time I saw it, in fact, was while in Peace Corps at a training session with fellow volunteers. We couldn't stop laughing the entire time! It's just ridiculously overdone - and wonderful because of it :)
Sure, it's campy and the jokes are predictable, but it was never meant to be a high-brow film. The jokes are often over the top and half the plot is totally unrealistic, but it's funny nonetheless - perhaps moreso if only because of these things.
I highly recommend this movie - John Candy and Tom Hanks always shine as a comedic pair and this movie is no exception. Hanks' cluelessly priveleged character coupled with Candy's overzealous patriotic naivety is a perfect comedic match-up."
Hilarious one-liners and great physical comedy in '60s spoof
A. J. Greep | 03/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hanks and Candy at their best. If you grew up in, or have any appreciation for '60s culture, you will really appreciate this film. Spoofing everything from the folk music endemic to the Peace Corps in the '60s and the absurd one-dimensionality of communism (if not capitalism), it's a laugh a minute. One of Hanks' earlier films, it shows off his natural humor and appeal. Takes place mostly in Thailand where Candy and Hanks are supposed to be building a bridge to improve the locals' infrastructure and living conditions. Along the way, they've got to deal with a whacked out, over zealous CIA agent, a local Communist military leader, and the local drug lords and his sumo bodyguards. All the while, Hanks is romancing his future real-life wife who is totally serious while he's just in to figure a new angle to make a buck."