Not the city where the Naval Academy resides, but rather the movie.
The bad movie. The bad movie that I watched while I was on vacation. Oh, a foolish move if ever there were one. I can imagine the pitch meeting for this movie went something like this:
Movie guy: Hey, we’ve got James Franco and Tyrese Gibson for this new movie. What should it be about?
Other guy: Let’s make a boxing movie, so we can get maximum shirt off time for the two hot guys. That’ll bring the ladies in.
Movie guy: Good idea. Now, what’s the most improbable setting for a boxing movie?
Other guy: Outer space?
Movie guy: No, no, something better than. Somewhere we can throw out some tired generalizations and stereotypes, as well as get facts completely wrong and misrepresent a large group of people?
Other guy: How about the Naval Acadmey?
Movie guy: Brilliant!
Some things they did well. Some things. It was fun watching plebes spew indoc, and hit the bulkhead for fives before the meal, but the fun I had from watching two experiences I vividly remember from the Coast Guard Academy couldn’t overcome the glaring inaccuracies, bad writing, and other problems the movie had. I think the biggest part that didn’t stick well with me was the budding romance between a 2nd Class Midshipman (junior) and the main character who is a 4th Class, or Plebe Midshipman. That sort of relationship is a serious no-no; since the 2nd Class Middie is portrayed as a hardass, it just seemed forced and improbable. The other big beef I had was how one of the other plebe cadets was portrayed. In the movie, this guy narcs on his classmate to an upperclassman about what amounted to a trivial issue. His classmate gets punted from the Academy as a result. What bugged me is that the guy who did the telling is portrayed as the locked-on superstar, and beloved by his classmates. That really bugged me, because (generally) that sort of slashmate activity was considered uncool. Maybe the Academy has changed, but when I was there, you didn’t tell on your classmates – you were supposed to be a team. People who did that were usually spurned.
Anyway, don’t waste your time. I saw it for free, so it didn’t cost me anything other than 2 hours of my life that I could have spent watching Silverado for the 20th time.