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Mag Wheels (1978)

 -  Action | Comedy  -  May 1978 (USA)
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Cool van-driving stud Steve gets the hots for Anita, who's the new girl in town. However, this doesn't go over well with Steve's bitchy and jealous girlfriend Donna, who sets Steve up by ... See full summary »

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Steve (as John McLaughlin)
Shelly Horner ...
Anita
Phoebe Schmidt ...
Jill
Verkina Flower ...
Donna
Steven Rose ...
Pledge
Frederick Schmidt ...
Brent
Craig Horrall ...
John
Nancy Herr ...
Lisa
Lynn Kuratomi ...
Kim
Charles Kent ...
Andy
Irwin Schaeffer ...
Anita's Father
George Barris ...
Shop Owner
Tammy Michaels ...
Melissa
Danielle Happ ...
Billie
Roger Lawrence Pierce ...
Alex (as Roger Pierce)
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Cool van-driving stud Steve gets the hots for Anita, who's the new girl in town. However, this doesn't go over well with Steve's bitchy and jealous girlfriend Donna, who sets Steve up by telling the cops that he's a cocaine dealer. Donna covers her tracks by claiming that Anita ratted Steve out to the cops. This in turn incurs the wrath of Steve's fellow van-driving buddies. Written by Woodyanders

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Hmmmmmm . . .
27 April 2007 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

MAG WHEELS (aka: "Summer School", the title on Active Home Video) isn't as downbeat and sleazy as the innocent-sounding MALIBU HIGH from 1979, but isn't as airy and cheerful as MALIBU BEACH (1978), either. It kinda falls somewhere in between. There's everything you might expect from this kind of movie: Girls in bikinis, custom vans, pick-up trucks, roller skating, drive-in restaurants and a singular lack of plot (but we don't watch these kind of movies for "plot" now do we?).

The main female character in the movie, "Anita", has a home life from Hell due to her complete jerk of a father. Her school life takes an ugly turn after a fight in class with another girl and she finally tries to stop a "drag-out" between rival factions of girls and boys at her school. That's it, you say? YES! And don't forget about the groovy tunes by the garage band "THE WORD", especially the 'Anita' song (which I still can't get out of my head . . . ). Remember, though, if you decide to watch this it isn't as light-hearted as the video box would lead you to believe. All in all the movie has a real mishmash of tone. But if you like those 1970's Drive-In Movies (I do!!!) then check it out. Also worth noting is that of all the movies I've ever watched (and I've watched a lot of movies) this has the singularly most screwed up "happy ending" I've ever seen.

Released in a BIG box by Active Home Video in 1985 under the "SUMMER SCHOOL" title. It's hard to find this video now so every time I see an original box and tape I buy it up. Now I'm well-stocked with 3 of them. I'm not gonna run out!


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