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Never on Tuesday (1989)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 13 April 1989 (USA)
After their cars crash on a desert highway in the middle of nowhere, two friends and a woman they both like must wait for someone to stop by and help them. Unfortunately, those who do stop turn out to be criminals, eccentrics or wackos.

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Matt and Eddie are two young men from the mid-west travelling to California to see the sights - primarily semi-clad women on beaches. They hop into their car and head off through the desert on their quest. Hours from civilization the two are horsing around inside the car, lose control, and collide with the only car they've seen for miles. The driver of the other car is Tuesday, the most beautiful woman they've ever seen. Stranded in the desert, Matt and Eddie fantasize about Tuesday while they wait for someone to stop and help them. A motley collection of humanity happen by, but few are willing to help. Written by Brian D. Switzer <bswitzer@uoguelph.ca>

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...And then along came Tuesday. (spoilers)
6 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

'Never on Tuesday' is an obviously low budget comedy/drama, but one that is done very simply and very well. Fans of obscure 80s comedies/dramas really ought to try this one if you. The theme is comparable to the Breakfast Club, the simplicity comparable to A Trip to Bountiful.

Here, two guys from Ohio, Eddie (Peter Berg in his feature film debut) and Matt, take a road trip to California. Initially shallow characters (these movies are always about character/personality dynamics), Eddie promises Matt that the West Coast is the land of milk and honeys, meaning they are naively expecting to fulfill their fantasies of easy bleach blonde beach bunnies. And then along came Tuesday...

That is, a beautiful young photographer who haphazardly becomes stranded in the desert when she becomes involved in a car wreck with Eddie and Matt. Tuesday is a fairly head-strong, no-nonsense woman. And, much to both Eddie and Matt's surprise, she is a lesbian (they're surprised because, at least according to Eddie, gorgeous women are not supposed to be lesbians). While they wait for days on in for some sensible help to arrive (witness the slew of cameos by familiar faces who play the strangest characters passing through here and there), they are forced to entertain each others company. And they're an unlikely mix of characters--Matt is often shy, Eddie, perhaps the most difficult to get used to is both exceedingly arrogant and shy and has pretty much one thing on his mind (sex...including sex with Tuesday, although he is not a terribly vile character), and Tuesday is pretty easy-going and down-to-earth. Like the characters of The Breakfast Club, their time together ebbs and flows in personal understandings. Sometimes they get along, sometimes not so much. But sure enough, there is a strong friendship brewing there and the characters gradually change.

As said before, it is quite a well done, simple little film that fans of obscure 80s fans are sure to enjoy (and the 80s are here aplenty in form and fashion). I was a little annoyed with Andrew Lauer's character only because the filmmakers might've gone too far with trying to establish him as the geek (and doing so in exceedingly stereotypical form). But overall, it is quite a pleasant film and the cast does a fine job.


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