If you're expecting a terrific review, or expecting me to tear this film to shreds, then stop reading it right now, and go do something more worthwhile. Right off the bat, I REALLY wanted to REALLY like this film in spades, maybe because I caught a few minutes of it about 20 years ago at a friend's house, or maybe because I'm a fan of most stuff late 70's, especially the great music and cool cars. I can "almost" relate to the beer parties in the woods in my youth, mainly because my beer party heyday was around 1986, even though this film revolves around 1976. As I do in many reviews, I like to get the bad out of the way; in this case, the very bad being Wiley Wiggins(Mitch)and Christin Hinojosa(Sabrina), as I found them both boring characters, and poor actors. Check out their lack of other acting gigs to confirm my complaint about them. That's the worst of my ambivalence towards this film. I also thought it lacked a central character, as kids seemed to wander in and out of scenes for no particular reason with nothing special to do, there's barely a plot, added with mediocre character development. What saved the film from itself is the fine depiction of the beer party in the woods, which makes this film "almost good", to be kind. I was involved in the same type of parties, although less glamorous, around 1986 or so, so it touched a soft spot for me. During these scenes, we get some real teen angst, such as tension between characters Mike, Clint, Pink, Jodi, and Benny. Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" really worked for me during these scenes, as it was my favorite song for this film. I needed a bit more drama though, and wish there were more scenes like these, but that's not the case. In closing, would I recommend this to a friend? No, I wouldn't. If, however, someone's interested in that time period, and can relate to some of the characters, then I guess it may or may not mean more to them than it did me. If I saw this film without reading the hype, then maybe I'd like it better, so perhaps my expectations were a bit high to begin with.
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