Major Payne (1995) MAJOR PAYNE (Universal, PG-13) Here's the headline: For God's sake, don't go! Damon Wayans plays an obnoxious, sadistic simpleton of an ex-Marine who takes a… PG-13 Comedy Karyn Parsons Damon Wayans
Movie Review

Major Payne (1995)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
F

Details Rated: PG-13; Genre: Comedy; With: Karyn Parsons and Damon Wayans

MAJOR PAYNE (Universal, PG-13) Here's the headline: For God's sake, don't go! Damon Wayans plays an obnoxious, sadistic simpleton of an ex-Marine who takes a job whipping a ragtag band of Junior ROTC losers into shape. One kid's fat, one's deaf, one's a suck-up, and one has big ears, so you know this stinker (based upon 1955's The Private War of Major Benson) is supposed to be a comedy. But instead, it's an unmitigated nightmare of crude, boorish tripe-and woe unto our nation's future if kids find it hilarious. From the first word he brays (in a dumb-guy speaking voice further aggravated by the addition of a couple of big gold front teeth) to the last turd reference he manages to squeeze in (you heard me), the otherwise talented Wayans has sunk to a new low. The supporting cast is utterly forgettable-which is lucky for them, since they'll probably be trying to forget this offensive project as quick as they can. F -LS

Originally posted Mar 24, 1995 Published in issue #267 Mar 24, 1995 Order article reprints