A film based on the second play in Neil Simon's "Eugene trilogy," Biloxi Blues is set during the later half of World War II and follows the story of Eugene Jerome (Matthew Broderick) as he heads to the film's eponymous town for basic army training. There, he comes face-to-face with the kooky drill sergeant by the name of Merwin J. Toomey (Christopher Walken), and tries to get along with other soldiers in his platoon.
This film contains examples of:
- Future Badass: In the film's "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, Eugene narrates that Epstein became a lawyer whom The Mob called "The most feared man in Manhattan."
- Gallows Humor: Toomey talks about the steel plate in his head.
- Informed Judaism: Jerome frequently mentions he's Jewish.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Toomey routinely punishes Wykowski whenever Eugene fucks up. Subverted in that Wykowski is not Eugene's friend, but the biggest, most ill-tempered soldier in the platoon.
- "Just Joking" Justification: Selridge pulls this after he tries to take back his money and Wykowski threatens him.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Eugene makes losing his virginity one of the goals of his Army tenure.
- Mistaken for Gay: Epstein, when it turns out to be Hennessy who's gay.
- Physical Fitness Punishment: The entire platoon is made to do two hundred push-ups for some soldier's impertinent comment.
- Inverted in the end when Toomey is forced by the other men to undergo the same punishment.
- Potty Emergency: Epstein is forced to do the two hundred push-ups while having to pee the entire time.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: At the end of the film, Jerome gives a closing narration about what happened to him and the other members of his platoon.
- World of Snark: It's a Neil Simon play, so pretty much everyone really.
- World War II: The film is set during the latter half of the Second World War.