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"SERGEANT BILKO"
(1996) (Steve Martin, Phil Hartman) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate None Moderate None Mild
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None None None Mild
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild Moderate None Mild Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A wacky sergeant runs an Army motor pool and gets away with as much as he can.
PLOT:
Sgt. Bilko (STEVE MARTIN) is the wild and wacky noncom officer in charge of a motor pool at Fort Baxter which iscommanded by Colonel Hall (DAN AYKROYD). Hall is oblivious to the shananigans Bilko and his men are up to. Things change, however, when Major Thorn (PHIL HARTMAN) arrives. It seems that Bilko was responsible for Thorn having spent some time at a camp in Greenland, and Thorn wants his revengeby getting Bilko thrown out of the army (or at least sent to Greenland). This all revolves around a plot detail concerning a "hover tank" and whether or not it'll work.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they are drawn to Steve Martin, Phil Hartman or Dan Aykroyd -- yes.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For mild thematic elements and some language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • STEVE MARTIN plays Bilko who plays by his own rules and will do anything to not conform to Army regulations.
  • PHIL HARTMAN plays an officer with a grudge againt Bilko who will do anything to get Bilko thrown out of the Army.
  • DAN AYKROYD plays a stereotypical "oblivious to what's going on" officer.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • There are quite a few scenes with soldiers and main characters drinking beer, wine, cocktails and champagne.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Bilko asks a new straight laced soldier to roll back a car odometer .
  • A bride (left at the altar) says she hates Bilko and that "she'll kill him."
  • Bilko has no respect for his fiancÚ -- he stands her up at their wedding, and then leaves her alone in a bar while he goes off to play poker.
  • Bilko and the rest of his crew have no respect for the army (Which poses the question: Why are they enlisted?) and they make every attempt to get away with what they can and to cover up everything else.
  • Thorn lies to Bilko's girlfriend in order to try to steal her away.
  • FRIGHTENING/TENSE SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Being a military picture, there are plenty of guns, but only one rifle is fired (and it's accidental).
  • There are some tank scenes, including firing the big gun and blowing up trucks.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Sucker," and "we're screwed."
  • There are many scenes of gambling amongst the soldiers.
  • There is a scene of a soldier looking down his own rifle barrel (he's a wacked out character).
  • On the way to a wedding, soldiers drive their jeep through stop signs and the wrong way down one way streets.
  • Throughout the movie, Bilko and his soldiers lie about what they're doing to cover themselves.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • 2 "s" words, 2 ass words, 1 damn, 1 slang term for breast (the "t" word), 1 hell.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Male soldiers and women are scene sleeping together in bunks and on a couch (all in one room) with some of the women "draped" over the soldiers. One of the women is wearing a "teddy" (but nothing scene).
  • The camera tilts up and down following the curves of a dancing woman in a tight dress.
  • Bilko enters a room with a woman (who turns out to be a soldier in drag) and says "I don't have sex on the first date. Thank God this is the third."
  • In one scene, Bilko tells his girlfriend that this is the most turned on he's ever been.
  • SMOKING
  • There are a good number of scenes with the soldiers or people in the background smoking.
  • Bilko smokes a cigar in two scenes.
  • Hall smokes a pipe.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Homosexuality in the military is eluded to when soldiers, under a barracks inspection, fake which room is theirs, and a man ends up in a women's room with clothing he claims is his.
  • Gambling.
  • Lying to cover up bad behavior.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Bilko asks to be held back so he doesn't attack another person (played for laughs).
  • One soldier pushes another who in turn flips the first onto the floor with a karate move.
  • A bride (left waiting at the altar) says she'll kill Bilko.
  • The bride slaps Bilko.
  • There is a scene of soldiers throwing a ball at an overweight soldier against a wall.
  • There is an Army boxing match, but only one punch is thrown.
  • After the new soldier wakes up the others, they throw bottles and other objects at him.
  • Soldiers playing hockey inside an office smash each other into the wall.



  • Reviewed March 30, 1996

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