review for Stripes on AllMovie

Stripes (1981)
by Brendon Hanley review

A satire of army service and authority figures in general, the ribald comedy Stripes is buoyed by the strength of its cast and its unrelentingly goofy charm. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Murray is at the heart of the film's affable, likable tone; his usual deadpan, laid-back self, Murray is perfectly suited to the meandering script and to Ivan Reitman's offbeat direction. Reitman also directed Murray in his first film role, 1979's Meatballs, and he surrounds the actor with experienced comic accompaniment, most notably from John Candy and Harold Ramis. The then little-known Bill Paxton, John Larroquette, Judge Reinhold, and Sean Young also make memorable appearances.