A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the "one great idea" for success. His life takes a... See full summary »
Set in 1954, a group of Florida high schoolers seek out to help a buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seek revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.
Used car salesman Rudy Russo needs money to run for State Senate, so he approaches his boss Luke. Luke agrees to front him the $10,000 he needs, but then encounters an "accident" orchestrated by his brother Roy, who runs the car lot across the street. Roy is hoping to claim title to his brother's property because Roy's paying off the mayor to put the new interstate through the area. After Luke disappears, it's all out war between the competing car shops, and no nasty trick is off limits as Rudy and his gang fight to keep Roy from taking Luke's property. Then Luke's daughter shows up. Written by
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In the tracking shot that opens the film, the reflection of a crewman holding the boom mic can be seen in the car's side-view mirror. See more »
[Luke's just explained he heard from his long lost daughter]
I know how ya feel, Old Man. I had a dog once... ran away... only she got hit by a truck. Now what's the story on this '57 Chev here, uh $2400? C'mon, you gotta be jackin' me!
Now son, you're lookin' at one of the finest automobiles on this lot. Y'know, I rebuilt that engine with my own two hands.
Does it run?
Does it run? Like a dream.
Well Old Man... for $2400, it better run like a *wet* dream.
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This film appeared at a transitional moment in American comedy, and was beaten at the box-office by the first of what became the dominating type of comic film ever since, "Airplane!". Yet, among the last of the '70s style comedies of outrageous characters in domestic settings (the type finally met its waterloo in the bloated "Blues Brothers," but still managed a convulsively successful finale in "Ghostbusters"), "Used Cars" is among the funniest of its type and era.
With most of its budget going to (what else?) used cars, the film still manages a solidly competent look throughout, largely thanks to some real risky one-take stunts and set-pieces. The pacing is swift, and the actors play dead-pan but not so much that we need to take any of this seriously.
"Used Cars" is also the kind of comedy that satirizes all we hold dear as Americans, but not so bitterly that we are left feeling bad about ourselves; this may be a depiction of us at our worst - but hey, nobody's perfect! Besides, there's just enough of a romantic story attached to remind us of the redemptive power of love - without getting all syrupy-sweet on us.
Just excessive enough to get silly without ever being dull, a hearty laugh for any time of day.
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