• Private Benjamin (2009)

Private Benjamin

Release Date: June 15th, 2009

DVD Release Date: October 29th, 1997

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

A Jewish-American princess, Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn), is devastated when her husband (Albert Brooks) drops dead on their wedding night. While she grieves a duplicitous recruiter for the Women's Army Corps convinces her to enlist. Judy thinks her enlistment is like a vacation but Captain Lewis (Eileen Brennan) quickly dashes her hopes of an easy time. As Judy goes through basic training like any other grunt, she becomes a good soldier and develops a sense of self-esteem.

Cast: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Sam Wanamaker, Barbara Barrie, Mary Kay Place, Harry Dean Stanton

Director: Howard Zieff

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Love interest, 1980s, Revenge, Transformation, Marriage, Temptation, Witty, Soldier, Deception, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Private Benjamin is refreshing and fun. Goldie Hawn, who is a true comic actress, makes an original, appealing character out of Judy Benjamin, and so the movie feels alive, not just an exercise in gags and situations. show more

  • 40
    Time Out

    Another depressing example of the big-screen gag-string sitcom, it turns exclusively on a plot that grew from a concept that developed from an idea that somebody should never have had - Goldie Hawn joins the army. show more

  • 60
    William ThomasEmpire

    This is arguably although unfortunately Goldie Hawn's most memorable role. For while she embodies the character perfectly and when the jokes are funny they are hilarious, sadly there just isn't enough to keep the film going and it begins to run out of steam half way through, with an attempt at a deeper meaning ruining the film. show more

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Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)