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Screwball, wacky and somewhat off beat, this movie is really quite
amusing in a weird way. In spite of what the critics say (and most of
them are extremely hard and critical of this movie), I really enjoyed
The movie begins with some old, faded news footages from the end of the Second World War and continues with an equally faded black and white footage of a small town America that changes into color as the actual movie begins.
Unfortunately, in spite of this brilliant opening of the movie and in spite of the close attention to detail, like the authentic scenery, and even using vintage signs and ads, the movie has more than its share of flaws.
The movie has some really off beat humor, provided by Karen Black, Ruth Buzzi (veterin of LAUGH-IN) and the eternally lovely Tina Louise. And since it involves moon shining and fast cars, it sort of has the feel of a 1940's version of THE DUKES OF HAZZARD.
All in all, it is not a cinematic masterpiece, but it is an enjoyable movie.
I wish I could say nice things about this film, as it was made in home state. But, in all honestly, I can't. From the filmed-through-the-bottom-of-a-beer-bottle cinematography (I guess that's supposed to be the haze of nostalgia, but it just makes everything blurry and orange-ish); the cheezy, tinny piano noodlings that barely pass for a score (like something out of a bad silent film); the painfully awkward, overly earnest, just plain bad writing (WAY too many backstory speeches of the "It's too bad he's that way because of this terrible thing that happened in his past, blah, blah, blah"-variety); a genuinely obnoxious performance by lead Chris Rydell (it's really difficult to identify with a protagonist who spends the entire film sulking and acting like a complete a**hole), though he seems tolerable compared to Karen Black's astoundingly shrill, utterly unbelievable portrayal of Aunt Zelma (Selma?); all the totally non-period hairstyles (especially sad in light of the fact that there was obviously some effort put into making the rest of the production design authentic) - alright, I'll put a cork in it. Suffice to say that this is a deservedly obscure, poorly made film that you should NOT seek out at your local video emporium.
I just finished watching this movie, and all I can say is "WHAT?"
The plot makes no sense, the "back story" is unintelligible, and the movie doesn't know when to be serious and when to be funny; it just oscillates between the two moods throughout.
Another point that bothered me is that there is no flow to the story. Instead, the viewer is presented with episodic weirdness, ranging from car chases to impromptu dust storms (which looks suspiciously like a device to cover up technical issues during the final chase.) So if you want a far-out, nonsensical, and altogether incongruous movie, this is for you. Otherwise, check out something more coherent, like "Half-Baked."
A boy named Everett comes of age in his small hometown after returning from
the war. Utterly ordinary in all departments, though Everett's romance
Judy (Pamela Springsteen, sister of Bruce, who does a surprising topless
scene) provides some interest in this otherwise tedious
** out of ****
MPAA: Rated R for brief nudity.
I rented this video on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I
enjoyed it. This isn't to say that the fillm doesn't have its problems,
because it does.
Poorly executed in the directing department by Cato, this script, by screen writer Brady, could have been a big hit. The story is uplifting, and sweet, funny, and wacky throughout, yet dramatic when it needs to be.
My rating? I give it 3 1/2 stars out of five.
If you can't find that latests new release at your local video store, rent this film if you can find it!
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