Judy Benjamin, a 28-year-old Jewish woman from a sheltered wealthy upbringing whose lifelong dream is to "marry a professional man," is devastated after Yale Goodman, her new husband, dies on their wedding night during sex. Emotionally adrift, Judy tells her story on a radio call-in show and meets another caller, Army recruiter SFC James Ballard, who leads her to believe military life will provide the "family" she seeks. He also pitches the service as a getaway, comparing it to a spa vacation, but Judy has a rude awakening upon arriving at basic training, realizing the recruiter conned her. She wants to quit almost immediately, but is astonished to find out, contrary to the assertions of her recruiting sergeant, that she cannot leave.
|author||Charles Shyer Harvey Miller Nancy Meyers|
|genre||comedy political satire|
|keywords||awaken basic training change of heart drill instructor drill sergeant engage family home force greenland guam jewish woman military life recruit shelter supreme headquarters allied powers europe train upbringing war game wedding day wedding night|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay|
|producer||Charles Shyer Goldie Hawn Harvey Miller Nancy Meyers|