PAUL VERHOEVEN | USA | 1997 | 129 MIN | R | ENGLISH
One of the most misunderstood and outrageous films of the past 25 years, Paul Verhoeven’s STARSHIP TROOPERS played its satirical cards so close to the chest that many critics and even the director’s fans confused the film’s mock right leaning propaganda for an overt political agenda. Verhoeven’s visionary sci-fi world bolsters a cast of actors lit like an early 2000s WB show and spout lines that sound like they come from Rumsfeld’s personal how-to book for recruiting the masses. Despite all the metaness that has come with the revisionist look at the film, STARSHIP TROOPERS remains an endlessly uproarious parody of 50s monster and 80s action films and surprisingly sports one of the more progressive shower scenes in cinema history. Mover over Benedetta, because the greatest romance of Verhoeven’s oeuvre already occurred amongst the stars between an Infantryman named Johnny Rico and a pilot named Denise Richards.
Cast: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey
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