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The plot, the acting, the characters, the one-liners . . . everything about the production is reasonably serviceable for the era, but certainly not GOOD either. The whole thing feels sorta like a cheesy 80's sitcom doing its big 2-hour episode for sweeps week, and the network gave it some money for a real location shoot & some extra cuss words.
The bicycle stuntwork in "Rad" is stellar. Yes, of course it's outdated now, and modern X-games riders like Dave Mirra can demonstrate a lot more technical skill on multi-directional spins & stuff, but ultimately that's beside the point. In real life the average 13-year-old spends weeks teaching himself to do a decent bunny hop. And for that 13-year-old, it's plenty of fun watching a character in "Rad" just trying to learn an (outdated) backflip move in the schoolyard using a hockey helmet & some old bed mattresses. (Think: "Jackass" but not so intentional. And it's too bad this movie was made before the era of "goof reels" during the end credits, because they probably got some real whoppers on film during this production.)
I can quote every line of this movie, but I still can't put my finger on what aspect of it makes it hold up so well. It's got that same sort of odd quality that a "Duck Tales" or a "Saved by the Bell" episode has: You can't explain why on earth you're still watching & enjoying it as an intelligent adult . . . but you are. (And so is everyone else you've shown it to.) Either way you'd better get your insider-status and enjoy this movie now. Next thing we know they might put it on T-shirts at Sam Goody & take all the fun out of it.
saw Rad back in 1986 or 1987. There's just something about this movie. To be honest this movie doesn't seem that dated to me, because i've been watching Rad ever since
1986 or 1987. there was never a huge gap between that time. This movie just has some magic to it. Ok so its a
little low on plot, the acting maybe isn't that great, and maybe it is predictable, but you know what? Who cares!. This movie is entertaining from beginning to end, it never lets up for a second. The music is great too, I love Break The Ice, thunder in your heart, send me an angel,
and the other cool songs. Rad is loaded with cool bike
tricks, great racing scenes and it's very inspiring. The
person on here that said they don't make movies like this
anymore is right, Rad just contains a sort of magic movies don't have nowadays. I've had the same worn out tape of this movie for about 10 or more years now, I can't get
enough of it. I wish there'd be a sequel to Rad. I know it wouldn't be as good as the original, but i'd still like to what Cru, luke and the others are up to now. Rad is in the top 3 of my favorite movies of all time. I also think I have watched Rad more times than any other movie in history. It's just got a lot of re-watchable value to it.
Once again I love this movie and always will. I give Rad
**** out of ****
Rad is actually a sports movie--BMX bike racing. The BMX circuit comes to a small town, and a local boy is very talented and dreams of winning the race. He meets a girl from the touring company and there is a romance (surprise) and he does battle with the evil favorite Rocky style. Talia Shire, who was Rocky's wife, plays the kid's mom and does the same sort of nervous mugging for the camera. Bart Conner, the Olympic gymnast, plays the villain in his first movie role. Bill Allen and Lori Loughlin from Family Ties play the hero and his love interest.
Now, already, you can see the makings of a train wreck (or bike wreck?), but the fact of the matter is that the movie does a decent job of doing exactly what you would expect. Also, the BMX stunts are terrific, and some of the gags are pretty funny. It is easy to see how this movie could become a cult film (which it has) with rabidly loyal followers. Nonetheless, it really is pretty silly, so if you're into this sort of thing, great. Personally I think three stars is about right.
two gripes: no sequel, and no sequel to That sequel.
am currently saving my dimes for computer powerful enough to rip from video to dvd. helltrack will be digitalized yet!
a perplexing and damningly persistent question of mine over the years is: why would mongoose allow themselves to be cast as the evil corporate sponsor aiming to bury the competition at all costs? as a direct result of this fictional portrayal, my friends and i pretty much banished mongoose to the lower rungs of bemexdom to stand alongside such pariahs as diamondback and huffy, while holding gt(and their corresponding sister companies, auburn, robinson, etc.) as well as the smaller independent manufacturers, ie. bully, standard, elf in much higher esteem. oh well, i guess they figured any press was good press.
if they ever do release it on DVD it would be cool to add a bunch of special features. ya know, like behind the scenes footage, soundtrack/music video info, what-the-heck-were-they thinking interviews, that sort of stuff. any other ideas?
by the way, those who didn't grow up with this movie probably won't "get it"...there's plenty of cheesy lines & scenes (for ex. Bart Taylor's honeys hit on Cru & he dorks out saying "I gotta see this guy"!) but that didn't stop us from popping it in the VCR EVERYDAY before going out to ride our Hutch,Haro,Redline and GT's!!!
A much hyped 80s cult hit that was a total letdown for me, rent/buy the easier to obtain "The Karate Kid" instead, 5 out of 10
Having said all of that, yes, Rad is a cheesy film of B-Movie quality, has an unlikely plot, and will likely never be of any value to someone outside the world of BMX. But for those of us who are, this movie is bigger than a plot or good writing. In fact, Rad is the whole reason I started riding bikes nine years ago. Trust me I'm not alone when I say that. Maybe ESPN should be paying royalties to the director...
Well, needless to say, the 80s are gone and I never became a professional BMXer..but I still have this movie. If you've never seen it, well, it probably won't do much for you now. It's one of those that if you didn't embrace it when you were young (anybody with me on that?), you won't get much out of it, aside from a little unintentional comedy, okay LOADS of unintentional comedy. But the story all centers around the local paperboy/bmx badboy, Cru Jones. He's not all that likable and he's pretty obnoxious to boot, but he gets wind that Hell Track is coming to his little podunk town and the grand prize is $100,000. He wants to race real bad, but the problem is, the big race falls on the same day that he has to take his SATS and his momma won't let him race. Bummer. So now, Cru has to step up and be a man and make his first big decision in life. What's a young man to do? I'm tired of writing....I hear my Haro calling my name...
The plot, characters, and script are all totally lackluster. For example, it is never explained WHY "Helltrack" has to take place in this small hick town. (Unless something happened while I was playing Spider Solitaire!) And there is no sympathy for "Cru" to take his SATs, is he even in school?
"Rad" just sucks. So unless you have the time to 1) hunt this film down, 2) wanna watch a man in a wig, stunt-doubling for Lori Loughlin, &/or 3) want to see just how people can "dance" while on BMX bikes, DON'T DO IT!
And what's this with it being released on DVD? Why-oh-why?
Rad is, like so many damn movies before it, about a kid (Bill Allen) who's gotta compete in a bmx race that's pretty important to him, except his rivals are pretty tough. The race: Helltrack. Being that I don't ride, I can only guess that the track is either laughable or it's worse than it's actually made out to be. Don't nothing else matter to Cru Jones, as his mother constantly nags him about showing up for SATs, but the boy doesn't want to do anything that'll interfere with his love for the sport or his intent on winning the competition. Also, like so many damn movies before it, Cru Jones, a wiener bike rider, is like an amateur racing with the pros. In real life, he'd eat dirt, but in movies, well...in movies you can do anything, right? Just look at the Skateboard Kid series or North Shore.
Of course, what is an athletic movie without a romantic sideshow? As Cru Jones falls for his riding partner, Christian (Louglin). They're into racing and being with each other so much, they even use their bikes during the school dance to stage a few tricks (too bad their stunt doubles didn't look quite right).
Certainly, there could have been more dignified ways to represent the sport of BMX biking right? If there is, it surely isn't Rad (no pun intended).
Shortly after seeing this film, I traded my banana cruiser in for a sweet new bmx . From that point on, I was terrorizing my neighbors with my rude paper route delivery antics. I had my route so well planned and executed that I too could ride a garbage trucks front-end loader over a fence.
It took a few years, but at the 1997 X Games, I was approached by the then-head of the Mongoose racing team about potential sponsorship. When asked "Who do you race for?" I used the words of Cru, I took of my sunglasses, looked him in the eyes and said "I race for me". He knew I meant business, and signed me for a 5 year contract right there, handing me 5 million dollars in cash, on the spot.
RAD, if re-released, has the potential to sell many copies, as the BMX fad is back... It certainly dates itself, with the new-wave hairdos and outfits, but deserves a chance in the information age. If I knew where to begin to petition, I'd try my best to persuade somebody to have this movie digitally remastered and into DVD players everywhere.
Lori Laughlin- I know you're out there... maybe not reading this, but use some of your Full House money and get this thing on DVD!!! America DESERVES to love this movie!