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HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

David S. Ward

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About the Movie

Vulgar, slapstick comedy abounds in this feature film debut for television sitcom star Kelsey Grammer. Almost everyone else thinks of Lieutenant Commander Tom Dodge is a class "A" goof who messes up every task he is assigned, but Adm. Dean Winslow thinks otherwise and decides to give Dodge one last chance by assigning him to helm an outmoded, diesel powered, rusty in a series of wargames. Dodge's sub is to be the enemy and must somehow outsmart their high tech opponents. Though ostensibly only games, Admiral Yancy Graham, who considers Dodge an embarrassment to the Navy, decides to do everything he can to scuttle Dodge and his ragtag crew's mission.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 29
  • Average Rating: 3.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The tone of the acting, which is set by Mr. Grammer's blandly laid-back performance, is all wrong for a genre that demands over-the-top hamming. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Aug 4, 2009

Rotten: A soggy sub sandwich layered with cheesy action, stale jokes and gung-ho baloney. – Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: After that auspicious opening, it sinks. – Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 4, 2009

Rotten: More laid-back here than he is on television, Grammer seems to barely break a sweat. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Aug 4, 2009

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Customer Reviews

Laughs? YES, YES, YES!

This movie is a laugh riot! Always a good pick if you need something to laugh at or with. Kelsey G. is superb and the supporting cast is spot on. No -- it's not High Comedy, or Sophisticated Slapstick -- but if you just want a funny movie with some decent wit and great ensemble acting, "Kick this Pig!"

Laugh 'till you wheeze

I didn't expect this to be so funny.... but you'll almost need oxygen. Good rental!

great movie

this is one of my favorite movies of all time... Lots of laughs and a very good story line!!!! Too bad itunes does not have it for sell !!!!! Come on itunes if ya have the movie , make it for sale and not just for rent..

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2004

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