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A rusty sub. A rebel commander. A renegade crew. When destiny called, they should have hung up.
Bumbling Navy lieutenant Tom Dodge has been given one last chance to clean up his record. But Admiral Graham, his nemesis, assigns Dodge to the Stingray, a submarine that can barely keep afloat. To add insult to injury, the Stingray is to be the enemy flagship in the upcoming war games … and to make matters even worse, Dodge's crew is a band of idiots even more incompetent that he is!
David S. Ward's comedy, "Down Periscope," is a perfectly watchable and intermittently pleasing film. It is the type of comedy that does not stand out for any reason but offers an hour and a half of mostly innocuous and straightforward fun, nonetheless.
Following a team of rag-tag sailors assigned to a less-than-ship-shape submarine, "Down Periscope" is one of those shiny, plastic comedies where the underdog eventually rises to the top. In this case, that underdog is Kelsey Grammer's Tom Dodge who is given one last chance to command his own boat. The odds are heavily against him, his crew is unpolished, and his boat is a wreck.
The recognizable narrative is injected with energy by a capable cast. Grammer, Lauren…
Sort of like Police Academy at sea, but not as funny. The character actors give this the required strength to keep its appeal, and there are a few laughs to be had, even if the writing was quite average.
An okay Comedy with a cast that deserves better.
#19 in my 99 90's Movies month.
Police Academy, minus all the risque sexual humor, on a submarine. Which also means it's Police Academy minus the great last act Action Extravaganza. It's a submarine, so all the big shots are fired offscreen. I guess I would offer it some minor congratulations for making all the conflict character oriented and given Kelsey Grammar some great lines... but, for one: he's pretty much the only real character. Other than Bradford Tatum - who is 11th Billed, don't ask me how that happened - as the token rebel trying to get himself discharged but who's a secret badass (he is the only character genuinely worth rooting for) and Lauren Holly as... The Woman.…
I've seen this film countless times and it's always great for some laughs. Toby Huss and Harland Williams definitely stand out here, but really all the cast is great. It's also interesting to see how differently the two straight man characters are played with Schnieder's character being a complete ass and Holly's character sort of just going along for the ride. I was always disappointed we never got a sequel to this movie. There was the McHale's Navy movie that came out around the same time as this movie, but it wasn't nearly as funny.
I don't know why I like this movie as much as I do, but there you go.
Never get tired of this. Laugh a minute hijinks under the deep blue.
Tom Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) must lead his wrecked submarine armed with two live torpedo missiles and a crew straight from the One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest sailboot to win a not-so-elaborate war game against his superiors, determined to show who's boss and kick some navy ass.
A film with excellent comedy character writing. There are at least eight funny, completely different style characters in this film, each having their own comedic moment or scene and all well performed by the cast members. All together they make a little, yet very fine and enjoyable film. I have never regretted buying this film on dvd, it works for me every time.
A few decent jokes that are too far between.
Nota = 5
A seriously underestimated comedy jewel. This film cracks me up every time I watch it and I cannot count the number of times we imitated the famous "Prepare for dive!" line that Rob Schneider delivers. XD
Kelsey Grammer in movies has never really worked. I wonder if it's a matter of choosing the wrong projects or not having many choices to begin with.
Renegade naval commander Tom Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) must deal with a crew of misfits and a rusted-out diesel sub if he's to advance in his career. For all the world, it feels like David S. Ward remade his own Major League, but with different writers (or, put it another way, Crimson Tide meets Police Academy). I liked it when I was 15...and it holds up surprisingly well; likable and very funny. Grammer is good in a most un-Frasier-like role ("Welcome aboard", indeed) and there are some good moments from Lauren Holly, Harry Dean Stanton, Toby Huss, Harland Williams and yes, even Rob Schneider.
Look fast for Patton Oswalt.
The 12% Rotten Tomatoes score for this movie would lead you to believe this is really awful, but actually, it isn't. I'm not sure that I can call it "good", per say, but it's goofy fun that at least knows it's goofy fun and while none of the humor is outright hilarious, it's consistently amusing and worthy of at least a few decent laughs. The chemistry of the cast is probably the best aspect, though. There's not much more for me to say except that I found Down Periscope to be an easy, breezy watch.
An okay Comedy with a cast that deserves better.
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