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The Military Comedy You Probably Forgot Ivan Reitman Directed

The military comedy in question is one of Ivan Reitman’s multiple collaborations with Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, and one that preceded the “Ghostbusters” jackpot. The movie is none other than the 1981 comedy “Stripes,” which started life as a Cheech and Chong project, but ended up with a cavalcade of iconic stars — from Murray and Ramis to John Candy, Sean Young, Judge Reinhold, Warren Oates, and even Bill Paxton in a bit part. 

Though the cast was full of future superstars and dependable performers, the vast majority of the central cast were still some years removed from their upcoming breakout hits. However, both Reitman and the stars already wielded their full silver screen comedy might. As such, “Stripes” is exactly what you hope a 1980s military comedy featuring these people to be, and far more. It’s a quality movie that can boast a 88 percent fresh Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and with a “Stripes” TV series in development, the movie is well worth checking out if you haven’t seen it before … and, let’s face it, even if you have.

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