Action Comedy War - Despite the appearances of the advertising, this is not an action-
and combat-heavy war film but more of a coming-of-age drama that
happens to be set in a military environment. That said, it is a bit
harsh and crude and mostly appealing to a male audience.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, well over 30 S-words, 5 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Graphic sex with related nudity; non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings and fights. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Explosions; football. COMEDY: Occasional wisecracks; sex humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Jarhead is compelling in the way it presents a new facet of a genre that some would argue was mined out long ago. Yet, as much as the film contains the familiar elements of war movies, the thrust is different.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good It is not often that a movie catches exactly what it was like to be this person in this place at this time, but 'Jarhead' does. They say a story can be defined by how its characters change.
USA TodayFull Review Good Director Sam Mendes' third screen outing pretty well nails Swofford's tone, which was mordant without being disrespectful, and, in fact, is begrudgingly reverent of the Corps.
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We collected 227 moviegoer opinions. Well it looks like the critics enjoyed "Jarhead" more than moviegoers. These are by no means bad opinions. They just aren't great. Younger moviegoers rated it the highest by far. Adult opinions, both male and female, are fairly low. Still half or better enjoyed this movie very much. There weren't very many adults who thought it was "Fantastic" or "Excellent." More rated it in the "Very Good" to "Good" range, which isn't bad but it's not likely to be a memorable movie.
Jarhead (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows "Swoff" (Gyllenhaal),
a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty,
sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through Middle
East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always
potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain
themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in
a country they don't understand against an enemy they can't see for a cause they
don't fully fathom.
Sergeant Sykes (Foxx), a Marine lifer who heads up Swofford's scout/sniper
platoon, while Swoff's friend and mentor, Troy (Sarsgaard), is a die-hard member
of STA-their elite Marine Unit.
An irreverent and true account of a war that was antiseptically packaged a