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McHale's Navy (1997)



Critic Consensus: About as funny as a keelhauling, McHale's Navy will leave most viewers feeling they've been the victim of a particularly dishonorable discharge.

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Based on a 1960s sitcom, this action comedy follows rascally retired naval Lieutenant Quentin McHale as he rejoins the Navy, regathers his former cohorts and sets sail aboard PT 73 to save the world from his old nemesis Vladikov while contending with obstacles presented by his favorite foil Captain Binghampton.

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Tom Arnold
as Lt. Commander Quinton McHale
Tim Curry
as Major Vladikov
Dean Stockwell
as Capt. Wallace B. Binghampton
David Alan Grier
as Ensign Charles T. Parker
Debra Messing
as Lt. Penelope Carpenter
Tommy Chong
as Armando/Ernesto
Brian Haley
as Christy
Henry Cho
as Willie
Tom Ayers
as Henchman Carl
Robert Schuch
as Boat Henchman
Paco Mauri
as Doctor
Lucy Moreno
as Hermina
Mineko Mori
as Mystic Woman
Luis Lemus
as Sergeant
Alex Cole
as Guard
Joe Keyes
as Officer
Tomás Leal
as Monkey Owner
Joe Minjares
as Pharmacist/Barber
Fima Noveck
as Russian Leader
John Pyper-Ferguson
as Interrupting Henchman
Anthony Azizi
as Bad News Henchman
Bryan Spicer
as Unlucky Henchman
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Critic Reviews for McHale's Navy

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

A ham-fisted, fitfully amusing lark that quickly runs aground.

May 15, 2008

By the end, this soporific comedy makes 105 minutes feel more like a two-year hitch.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

A useless movie. Not funny, suspenseful, moving or even offensive enough to want to torpedo. Just devoid of any conceivable value.

April 12, 2002 | Rating: 0/4

Suitable only for movie-goers who have undergone frontal lobotomies.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The process of conceiving, producing, and distributing this comedic Superfund site required active, premeditated thought and effort that, in a just world, would be punishable by hard jail time.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

I didn't laugh once, not even giggle.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for McHale's Navy

A campy, dumb mess, McHale's Navy is yet another failed attempt to bring a '60s television show to the big screen. When the world's second greatest terrorist sets up a base on a remote Caribbean island the US Navy recalls retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale and has him put together a special ops team to investigate. The cast is packed with great comedic talent, including Tom Arnold, Dean Stockwell, Debra Messing, Tim Curry, and Bruce Campbell, but the performances are universally awful. The writing is also quite terrible; as all the jokes fall flat and the plot is incredible convoluted. McHale's Navy is an out-of-control goofball comedy that doesn't know when to let up.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

McHale's Navy is a sloppily made comedy film that just isn't funny. Everything about the film just fails. This is an awful comedy that fails to make you laugh. The cast here are awful and there's no time in this comedy where it's actually funny or fun. This is simply put a poorly acted comedy with an unfocused script and poor directing. The jokes fall flat, and the cast are simply not enjoyable. What this film really lacks is a good script, and is stands, it's not a well written script and it felt with too many flaws to make this film work. This is comedy in its most stupid form, and there's absolutely no humor to this film. This film is bland, and fails to make you laugh. In turn, it's an awful film with no redeeming aspects. This film ends being quite boring and uninteresting. This is a film not worth watch, and it's simply a poorly constructed film with no good comedy bits. I enjoy Tom Arnold, but he definitely missed the mark with this film. This is an awful comedy that could have been much better than what it turned out to be. This film just fails at being an effective comedy that can make you laugh. If you're looking for a funny comedy, watch something else because this film is just bland. McHale's Navy doesn't succeed at being a good comedy; in fact it's an awful film that isn't worth your time. Poorly constructed with no effective laughs, this is a laugh free comedy that has a poorly written script that just doesn't work. In fact you wonder how this film could have been made in the first place, it's horrible, and definitely not worth your time.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

funny and odd film but did it have to be stupid? i guess tom arnold help to create that comedy aspect

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer

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