Friday, June 11, 2010
#159 American Graffiti (1973)
Director: George Lucas
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Harrison Ford
Coming into this film, I was expecting something a bit more epic-- a bit more serious in content. It turns out, American Graffiti is Grease without the musical numbers... 16 candles without the 80s garb. It's the story of two young men in the 50s, having their last night out on the town before they fly east for college. They meet opposition from both friends and girlfriends who are staying back home, all of whom are dealing with their own series of mishaps.
Structured a lot like the 80s teen-flicks, each character really has its own plot-- only meeting with other characters every so often throughout the film. The content is light-- meeting up with chicks, going to the burger joint, racing hot rods through town, etc.
Basically, I felt like American Graffiti was a popcorn classic that you enjoy because it IS "classic." To me, however, that feeling was lost. I'd never heard of this movie until recently, and I wasn't very entertained by it.