over 5 years
Some funny dialogue and scenes, but a bit boring overall.
Volunteers is a 1985 comedy directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring Tom Hanks and John Candy.
Lawrence Bourne III (Tom Hanks) is a spoiled rich kid with a large gambling debt in the 1960s. After his father, Lawrence Bourne Jr. (George Plimpton), refuses to pay his son's debt, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by trading places with his college roommate Kent (Xander Berkeley) and jumping on a Peace Corps flight to Southeast Asia.
There he is assigned to build a bridge for the local villagers with Washington State University graduate Tom Tuttle (John Candy) and the beautiful, down-to earth Beth Wexler (Rita Wilson). What they do not realize is that the bridge is coveted by the United States Army, a local Communist force, and the powerful drug lord Chung Mee (Ernest Harada).
Each Peace Corps volunteer gets involved with one of these political groups, with the moral being that the villagers would be better off without these outsiders and the idealistic Peace Corps volunteers.