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At Theaters: 11/4/2005 On Video: 3/7/2006
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 3 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 459935
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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The story of Anthony Swofford's time in the Marines and what happened to him and his fellow soldiers during that time.

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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jake Gyllenhaal PROOF, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, MOONLIGHT MILE
Peter Sarsgaard FLIGHTPLAN, THE SKELETON KEY, KINSEY, GARDEN STATE
Chris Cooper SEABISCUIT, THE BOURNE IDENTITY
Jamie Foxx STEALTH, RAY, COLLATERAL, BREAKIN' ALL THE RULES
Director: Sam Mendes ROAD TO PERDITION, AMERICAN BEAUTY
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Production Notes Heading
Production Information
Recruiting The Filmmakers
Enlisting The Platoon
Welcome To The Production
On Having Jarhead Made Into A Film
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Content Heading
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 Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 227 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
23
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
12
Very High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
57
High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
53
High
87%
30+Adults (M)
47
Fairly High
87%
30+Adults (F)
35
About 50/50
71%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 decade ago.

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