I think it is most important to understand what a movie is trying to be before you can decide how well it accomplishes that. This movie, I think, is portraying a slice of American life that many people have never experienced first-hand. But for those who are intimately familiar with the car culture, particularly muscle cars of the Mopar varieties, this is an outstanding movie, and could serve easily to help enlighten our friends and family who do not fully understand or appreciate our passion for these vehicles and the way of life they embody.
The film's story plays out far less hokily than the brief plot summary would imply. For a moderate-budget independent film, it is well-executed, with realistic dialogue and sets, and best of all, cars. The cast all seemed like people I either have known or could easily envision knowing in reality. And as one who has owned a '70 Charger for twenty years, I can vouch for the process the characters went through to restore and build up the boy's car, as well as the significance that owners and spectators attach to vehicles of this type.
Certain scenes bear more resemblance to fantasies of gearheads such as myself (i.e. someone giving you a Plymouth Superbird for free) than to reality, and the "departure scene" at the end seemed a bit silly, but honestly these issues don't detract from my enjoyment of the film. This is a fairly clean movie as modern movies go, with minimal foul language and minimal depiction of situations that might have to be explained to your kids.
I've owned this movie for three days and have already watched it twice. I'll probably watch it again tomorrow or the day after. I guess that says all I need to say about how much I enjoy it. If they made a sequel wherein they found the main character's stolen car, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
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