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Old 08-27-2019, 11:09 PM   #1
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Default Sgt. Bilko (1996) Is an Underrated Comedy

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Jonathan Lynn doesnít seem to get much respect as a director. And yet he directed several excellent films, including Clue, My Cousin Vinny, and Sgt. Bilko (1996). Yes, I lump that last film in with those earlier ones because I think itís a superb comedy. Steve Martin is at the top of his game as a comedian, being effortlessly charming and funny. Plus, it has Phil Hartman as its main villain. You canít go wrong with that kind of pairing.

To put it mildly, Sgt. Bilko is an underrated comedy. I remember when it first came out, I was surprised that it got savaged by critics. I thought it was genuinely hilarious, and as proof I offer one of the funniest scenes in the movie. This is a flashback where Bilko is explaining an old scheme he cooked up that accidentally got his superior officer in a lot of trouble. If you havenít seen this before, youíre in for a treat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cued6FlY_Vo

Everything from Bilkoís sardonic narration to the fancy footwork of the two boxers combines to make this scene a comedic knockout. Sgt. Bilko is one of those films where, even if youíre not laughing hysterically throughout, youíre always smiling and having a good time with the characters, much like Clue. You want to see them succeed, despite the fact that theyíre a bunch of scoundrels and neíer-do-wells. Thatís all Iíve got to say about Sgt. Bilko. I recommend you seek it out because thereís no reason a movie this good should go unnoticed.
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