With Father's Day around the corner, a personal look my father's favorites
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5. "Stripes" (Ivan Reitman, 1981)
This Ivan Reitman romp remains a comedy staple from my youth. Some say there are two kinds of people in the world: “Caddyshack” people and “Stripes” people. Well I'm full on in the tank for Bill Murray and Harold Ramis’s gallivanting and shenanigans in the latter, being all they can be in the U.S. Army. I have vague memories of catching it on Saturday or Sunday mornings, maybe on WGN or the like. It seemed to be a favorite for weekend programmers. The film also features one of my all-time favorite lines: “You can’t leave! All the plants are gonna die!”