Annapolis | Chicago Reader


This rehash of An Officer and a Gentleman may be a good showcase for James Franco, who's in every scene, but it's a disappointing choice for director Justin Lin, who made his name with the daring and original Better Luck Tomorrow (2002). Franco plays a shipyard worker whose father frowns on his dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy; after he enrolls, a steely-eyed superior (Tyrese Gibson) decides that he's not officer material—but of course we know he is, and so does willowy love interest Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious). Screenwriter Dave Collard overlooks no cliche as Franco plods through test after rigorous test, getting buff and tough while other plebes bite the dust. With Roger Fan, Donnie Wahlberg, and Vicellous Reon Shannon. PG-13, 108 min.

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