well shot and balanced precursor to jarhead. it doesn’t have the weight, reality, and commentary of jarhead, but it predates jarhead, is more balanced (dramatically/comedically) and is more enjoyable. i hadn’t seen this one in a long time so it was disappointing to see that jarhead essentially ripped off the partying scene in the tent. both films have their version of essentially the same scene and both feature public enemy playing in the background; interesting. visually just as compelling as jarhead, but in a different way. saturated colors, grainy film, etc. complement the scenery well.