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Major Payne [DVD]

Damon Wayans , Karyn Parsons , Michael Ironside    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons
  • Directors: Michael Ironside
  • Producers: Nick Castle
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCE200
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,766 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Let's face facts here: You don't watch a movie like Major Payne for its artistic merit any more than you'd watch Schindler's List for its comedy. If you go in thinking otherwise, you're bucking for a disappointment. So it's a pleasant surprise to discover that Major Payne is more entertaining than a barrel full of bad reviews would lead you to believe. It's a totally formulaic comedy about a bunch of misfit kids who turn into a crack squad of skillfully disciplined ROTC cadets, but Damon Wayans is spot-on hilarious in the title role as the hardened military bulldog who whips the little slackers into shape. Wayans plays the role as if killing and warfare were the only joys in life, and when he finds himself cast adrift without a military commission, a scene that directly parodies Apocalypse Now lets you know that Wayans (who cowrote the script) is going to bring something new to this routine scenario. Major Payne's idea of a good bedtime story is to recall his worst battlefield horrors, and Wayans gives it just the right twist of comedy to put Payne's bullet-pierced heart in the right place--he's really just a good guy with an iron-clad exterior. The young recruits strut their stuff in the final round of their cadet competition (their marching rap is good for a solid laugh), and director Nick Castle keeps it all from becoming too stupid or over the top. It's arguably only for Wayans's most ardent fans, but as a send-up of all the great movie drill instructors, Major Payne is painlessly enjoyable. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major Payne Major Laughs!! 14 Dec 2003
By A Customer
This is the funniest wayons film ive ever seen and ive seen them all!Major paynes attitude with the children is so out of touch,which is what makes this so funny.If you like Damon Wayons you will love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Major Payne has hurt my sides with laughter 30 Jun 2007
"Major Payne" is one of the funniest movies that I enjoy to watch over and over again. I thought that Damon Wayans delivered a knockout performance as the loud-mouthed, gold-toothed, trash talking, squeaky voiced Major Benson Winifred Payne. He was so funny that I nearly had a heart attack while laughing at the same time.

After a major drug bust goes extremely well in South America, Major Payne (Damon Wayans) returns to Parris Island, South Carolina and finds out that the U.S. Marine Corps is throwing him out of the military back into civilian life. After two weeks of civilian life, Payne is let back into the military under one condition: go to Virginia and train a group of delinquents for an ROTC program at Madison Academy. Payne regretfully accepts the job and puts each of the boys into 8 weeks of living hell! It becomes a fight because the boys do what they can to put Major Payne out of their lives!

I have so many favorites scene through out this movie but the one that shines the brightest is when Wayans had a dance sequence at a club where he performs a series of moves (including a very nice "robot"), and with the help of music from 2 Live Crew. Many of the gags are side-splitting funny, and the vocal tones and mannerisms of Major Payne are just spot-on hilarious. And the kids in the film do a remarkable job in their supporting roles. The kids in fact steal the show (especially the younger ones). Lots of absurdity in the movie, but still here and there peeks through a poignant maturity on the deeper symbolism of what boot camp is all about

Of course, it is a feel good movie so you know everything will work out in the end. Base on some of the lower reviews you can see that this movie is not for everyone, but at the same time is worth seeing. If you don't like it by the time Payne does his "Failure to communicate!" line then maybe it isn't for you. As for me it's utterly brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh-riot! 22 Mar 2005
When Major Benson Payne (played by Damon Wayans), a one-man-army in a Marine uniform, is discharged, he needs to find a new life. Given command of the Madison Academy Junior ROTC, he sets out to whip the gang of misfit youths into shape. Used to the toughest discipline and the hardest life, Payne is the children's worst nightmare, and there is nothing they won't do to get rid of him. Along the way, though, Payne and his command all learn a few lessons.
This movie is a laugh-riot! Wayans' Payne is hilarious, being just the right mixture of homicidal maniac and tender father figure, while the ROTC cadets make a perfect foil for the Major. My family have never laughed so hard at a movie as we did at this one, with my son being quite pleased with how the Major deals with a "monster" in a young lad's closet - "If he's still in there, he's not happy!"
This is a great movie, the one caveat being that there are quite a few colorful words tossed around by the Major and the cadets. That said, though, this was a hilarious movie that you and your family will like watching again and again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 6 April 2014
By Dave
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I love this film its hilarious great family entertainment I would recommend it to anybody it never got released in the UK shame!
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant service prompt delievery 24 Sep 2013
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i love the film and dvd arrived very quickly def would reccomend to anyone.
excellent service bought a few films before well happy with service
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and very funny film. 25 July 2013
By Sharon
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Loved this film, very, very laugh out loud funny, dead pan comedy.
I wish they had done a sequel or two or three!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool... 1 Feb 2013
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Haven't actually watched this item as it was a gift for my parents & they have thoroughly enjoyed it... So though I can't speak for it myself, it has been an awesome treat & a great laugh out loud belly laugh for my parents... And indeed a good purchase for me to have bought them...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 4 Dec 2012
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I rated it like that because they good.The people have one of the best Quality product, & I will show & tell my friends, how very very Good they are & they will also order for it too.
Thanks for the good product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No pain no gain he he he
Seen this when I was a kid an I loved then my mother taped over it :-( seen it on here and had to get it on DVD and it's still funny now as it was then, wot an epic film if u want... Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by Dickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Watch.
Great film,Children and Adults will love it,this is my 3rd copy as keep lending it out and it dont come back,maybe i should keep a note of who i lent it to !!!.
Published on 14 Oct 2010 by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant service
product arrived quickly, as described, made teenager very happy, will use again. Thank you!
Wonderful comedy good family fun!
Published on 19 Jun 2010 by Ms. J. B. Devereux
5.0 out of 5 stars good fun
Loved this movie as a teenager and still love it now. Damon Wayan's nails this role and I love the whole thing. Recommend for everyone as there is something in here for all ages
Published on 28 Mar 2010 by J. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost unknown but pure hilarity....
.... I saw this film many years ago. Couldn't believe what I was seeing. Now I work with cadets and have a military career I see it with even more 'depth'. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2009 by SSJohnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Major Payne or a major pain u decide!
i must admit im biased as i find damon wayans movies enjoyable and genreally funny, this was a movie that fulfilled this objective. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2007 by J. Baleimatuku
4.0 out of 5 stars Major Payne
People often seem to sneer at things just because they have Damon Wayans in them, but I really don't understand why: he's a good comic actor & I really like this film! Read more
Published on 28 July 2006 by M. Smith
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