G.I. Jane (1997)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Feminist Film, Political Drama  |   Release Date - Aug 22, 1997 (USA)  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Skyler Miller

Like most of Ridley Scott's films, G.I. Jane has a fascinating premise and a potential for greatness that far outweighs the actual result. Jordan O'Neal (Demi Moore) has been selected by a female senator (Anne Bancroft) to be the first woman to participate in the Navy SEAL program, the most elite military force in the United States. As expected, she deals with hardships, both emotional and physical -- including sexual harassment, beatings and bad hair days. The film strives to be a statement on women's rights, but ends up more like a slightly darker version of Top Gun. Rather than dealing with the real issues of gender difference and equality that the film brings up, Scott instead gives us shots of Moore working out in a sports bra and shaving her head. Though the supposed message is that a woman would not be a liability in combat, O'Neal's commanding officer (Viggo Mortensen) makes a key decision during the final battle that raises serious questions about this idea, effectively ruining the entire premise of the movie. On the positive side, G.I. Jane is visually rich, and there are some interesting documentary-like sequences of the SEAL training.