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Annapolis
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07.18.2006 By: Jason Adams
Annapolis order
Director:
Jusin Lin

Actors:
James Franco
Jordana Brewster
Tyrese Gibson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young ship welder gets a shot at his dream of attending the titular naval academy, but clashes with his commanding officer (who shockingly isn’t very nice to him). Fortunately there happens to be an annual boxing tournament where soldiers can fight their superiors one-on-one in the ring.

Yes, that seems like a good idea.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
No matter how much they may deny it, I’m almost positive that ANNAPOLIS was financed by the Navy. Hey kids, we have tons of hot girls that look just like Jordana Brewster! James Franco may suck more than any soldier in history, but he still made it and you can too! Hell, we even let Donnie Wahlberg be an officer! And with such stunning pieces of dialogue as “It’s not a job, it’s an adventure!” I can’t imagine that this was conceived as anything more than a ninety-minute recruiting commercial for the military. Or maybe the screenplay is just that lousy.

The worst part isn’t all the clichés or plot complications you can see a mile coming; it’s that ANNAPOLIS tries so damn hard to be inspirational. The over-emotional score starts pumping from the second minute and doesn’t stop. James Franco walks down a hallway [swelling orchestral music]. He ties his shoes correctly [rolling cymbal crescendo]. Even when the music stops all we here about is the character’s adversity and dreams. You want him to just scream, “I don’t fit in here! My dad doesn’t approve of me! I’m overcoming huge odds!” and get it over with. It’s about as subtle as Andre the Giant in drag.

Once it loses all the pretensions of being a motivational afterschool special and actually focuses on the boxing tournament, things get slightly more interesting—but it still suffers from the film’s main downfall. The crux of the movie is that Tyrese is this heinous drill instructor who you want to see get his face boxed in, but he’s strangely not portrayed as that evil. His character really isn’t given very much screentime and when we do see him he’s just doing his job to train the “plebes.” Apparently, James Franco’s character is very confused about what the military is like. [Hint: People are going to yell at you.] Stop whining and be thankful you didn’t join R. Lee Ermy’s Marines.
THE EXTRAS
A commentary...check. Quick behind the scenes piece…yep. Some deleted scenes…you bet. Yes sir, you have here your average DVD extras.

Commentary by director Justin Lin, writer Dave Collard and editor Fred Raskin: Apparently this was recorded before the film was even released in theaters, and you get the sense that all the parties involved are surprised that it’s actually done. Lin’s a competent director (I mean that as a compliment, I dug his debut BETTER LUCK TOMORROW) and that comes across here. Collard has some episodes of Family Guy under his belt, and he’s pretty humorous throughout. However, I can’t recommend listening to this solely because it would mean you’d have to watch the movie again.

Deleted Scenes (11:53): Here we get the hardcore Jordana Brewster lesbian threeway that was cut to avoid an NC-17 rating. Just kidding; it’s more military guys yelling and pouting.

Plebe Year: The Story of ANNAPOLIS (11:02): Just your general stuff—interviews, production footage and lots of people talking about how good the movie is.

The Brigades (10:16): A little bit more about the academy’s boxing tournament (seems like a nice cathartic tradition), as well as James Franco’s fight training. Franco did make a pretty impressive transformation in to a believable boxer. (Maybe he can use some of that training against Spidey next summer…)

In case you’ve never seen a DVD before, you’ll be delighted to find some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A PG-13 movie about the military, let alone a hardcore Navy academy, is just not going to work. But if you happen to be in the mood for AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMEN for the pre-teen MTV crowd, you’ll love ANNAPOLIS.
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