Entertainment Magazine

#2,332. Weekend Pass (1984)

Posted on the 07 April 2017 by Dvdinfatuation
#2,332. Weekend Pass  (1984)
Directed By: Lawrence Bassoff
Starring: Patrick Houser, Chip McAllister, D.W. Brown
Tag line: "72 Hours of liberty to forget everything the navy taught them"
Trivia: When shown on TV in Germany, this film's title was changed to Come to the Navy, Baby
Weekend Pass, an ‘80s sex comedy about four Navy recruits enjoying a weekend of freedom in Los Angeles, fizzles out way before the final credits roll.
With their training at an end, four Navy seamen are granted a 72-hour pass, and head to Los Angeles for a wild weekend of sex and debauchery. Once they’ve settled in, Webster Adams (Patrick Houser) gets in touch with former college classmate Cindy Hazard (Hilary Shepard) in the hopes she’ll show him a good time. Bunker Hill (Chip McAllister), who grew up in L.A., falls for aerobics instructor Tina (Pamela G. Kay), then spends most of the weekend trying to hook up with her; while Paul Fricker (D.W. Brown), who considers himself a funny guy, arranges to perform a stand-up routine at a popular comedy club. As for Lester Gidley (Peter Ellenstein), he’s working up the nerve to call the niece of his commanding officer, to ask her out on a blind date.
Not everything will go according to plan for these four recruits, but by the time the weekend is over, they’ll have forged a bond of friendship that will likely last forever.
Weekend Pass gets off to a decent start, with the main characters visiting a strip club (Webster makes a bet with the others that he can get the phone number of sexy stripper Tuesday Del Munco, played by Sara Costa, only to fall flat on his face while talking to her). From there, it’s off to Venice Beach to check out some bikini babes (and, apparently, as we see in one of the film’s many montages, play with a few wind-up toys on the boardwalk).
From this point on, though, Weekend Pass is more of a hit and miss affair. I liked the sequence where Bunker Hill, while showing his fellow recruits around the old neighborhood, squares off against Bertram (Grand L. Bush), the new leader of the street gang that Bunker himself once ran with, but an extended scene in which Lester gets a massage from a topless Asian beauty (Cheryl Song) fails to generate a single laugh.
Things go from bad to worse as Weekend Pass progresses; the best part of the comedy club sequence (which drags on way too long) is that if features late comedian Phil Hartman in an early film role (he plays Joe Chicago, the emcee of the club’s amateur night). As for the movie’s finale, which tries to throw some sentimentality into the mix, it is almost painful to watch.
I was shocked to discover that Weekend Pass was a box office hit for Crown International, pulling in just over $21 million during its theatrical run. I wonder if all those people who paid to see this movie felt as cheated by it as I do. A sex comedy with no sex and hardly any laughs, Weekend Pass is a waste of time.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Polyamory and the Friendship Litmus Test

    Lately I’ve been trying to work out my feelings about nonmonogamy and metamours–specifically, how to articulate to partners what I’d like my relationships with... Read more

    The 24 April 2018 by   Brute Reason
  • Yorkshire Revisited

    Yorkshire Revisited

    Almost five years ago we wrote about friends garden in Yorkshire. Well last weekend we went "up North" for a visit and although the garden is only just waking u... Read more

    The 24 April 2018 by   Alternativeeden
  • Daya: A Yoga Practice of Compassion

    Daya: Yoga Practice Compassion

    by Victor DubinBlossoming Almond Branch in a Glass by Vincent van GoghI am not as compassionate as I would like to be. I am inclined to be ego driven and to... Read more

    The 24 April 2018 by   Ninazolotow
  • CQD.com Matter Resolved

    CQD.com Matter Resolved

    James Booth posted on Namepros that he has pushed the domain name back to the original owner Rebecca. This thread became legendary and brought together a lot... Read more

    The 24 April 2018 by   Worldwide
  • The Interactive Cafe – Zee5 Loft

    Interactive Cafe Zee5 Loft

    Zee5 Loft is an interactive café which recently opened in HSR, Bangalore. The whole idea is built on Hospi-tainment or Hospitality with Entertainment. This is... Read more

    The 24 April 2018 by   Rohit Dassani
  • Creation Stories: LANNDS

    Photo Credit: Carl Rosen LANNDS is the indie-electronic project of Florida-based songwriter Rania Woodard. We came across LANNDS’ latest single, “Legends,” and... Read more

    The 24 April 2018 by   Music Creates Us
  • Huawei P20 Pro , P20 Lite With FullView Display Launched in India

    Huawei has made a comeback in India by launching Huawei P20 Lite, P20 Pro today. These phones come with AI-powered cameras in collaboration with the optics in... Read more

    The 24 April 2018 by   Gadgetscanner