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American Graffiti (Special Edition)
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06.16.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
American Graffiti (Special Edition) order
Director:
George Lucas

Actors:
Ron Howard
Richard Dreyfuss
Paul Le Mat

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of small town kids are out for one last night on the town before taking off to college; one can’t wait to get out, one’s having second thoughts, another guy’s looking forward to the change while another one’s trying his best to fight it.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’d heard of AMERICAN GRAFFITI but I’d never actually watched it nor is it the type of film that I’d sit down with on my own, which will no doubt make my review seem a little jaded. I remember watching HAPPY DAYS as a kid, but other than the Fonz (Henry Winkler’s still the man) I don’t remember much of anything about the show. Rumour has it that HAPPY DAYS, a spinoff series based upon LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE (a show that aired before AMERICAN GRAFFITI was released), was indeed influenced by the success of this film and thus, this film looks and feels a lot like HAPPY DAYS on some levels. Now if I’d grown up on HAPPY DAYS I’d no doubt have a lot more love and appreciation for this film but sadly I didn’t so there’s really nothing interesting here for me.

I find it odd watching Ron Howard act, especially here where he tries to play a cool badass on the road to bigger and better things. I’m reminded of the BEST OF EDDIE MURPHY SNL skit where he’s interviewing Howard and keeps referring to him as “little Opie Cunningham” until Howard loses it. I wish there’d been some big laughs like that in this film but such was not the case. Instead we’ve got Howard saying “why don’t you go kiss a duck.” Umm, okay. Then there’s Richard Dreyfuss moping around because he’s leaving his small town (yawn) and the local tough guy driving around with some random kid in the car he picked up from a group of strange girls. These characters and situations were about as interesting as watching trees grow.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI is no doubt considered a classic to some, but I’m sure that’s because these people grew up with this film and shows like HAPPY DAYS. Another way to describe this film is by calling it GREASE with no music and dancing. Of course, having said that that I actually enjoyed the storyline for GREASE (not so much the singing and dancing, but at least that story was one I could get into). I’m sure this wasn’t looked upon as cliché ridden back then but these days it’s hard to swallow as a first time viewer. I’m not a big fan of George Lucas either but he did a good job so I can’t really complain. Going from this to STAR WARS was quite the one eighty though, I wonder if something here sparked that idea somehow.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: George Lucas gives us the “what’s what” here and really seems to love the sound of his own voice. I wouldn’t mind the sound of his voice if he was giving a commentary on STAR WARS but I’m not very interested in this one.

The Making of American Graffiti: This DVD doesn’t have much going for it in the way of extras but this feature does go on for about an hour and a half. Lucas explains that the idea of the film came from his own love cruising the streets as a kid and he wanted us to get a good idea of what his generation was all about.

Previews: There’s a theatrical trailer for the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I can watch just about anything and enjoy it and I actually have a lot of favourites that are from way back in late seventies/early eighties. I guess you need to see them young to appreciate them though because this isn’t the first time I’ve had this happen. I have my old school favourites as I’m sure you all have yours, this just doesn’t happen to be one of mine.
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9:00PM on 06/17/2011
This was a really poor review, the reviewer doesn't have a real reason he doesn't like the film, and spends more time talking about how he doesn't know much about other projects the actors have done so he couldn't possibly get into it. Get someone who knows something to write reviews for this site.
This was a really poor review, the reviewer doesn't have a real reason he doesn't like the film, and spends more time talking about how he doesn't know much about other projects the actors have done so he couldn't possibly get into it. Get someone who knows something to write reviews for this site.
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7:48PM on 06/17/2011
This review is embarrassing to Joblo.com. Apparently you can't identify with a film unless you "grew up with it".
This review is embarrassing to Joblo.com. Apparently you can't identify with a film unless you "grew up with it".
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10:31AM on 06/17/2011
I love this movie. This not really a comdey but more of a drama about growing up and leaving home. It's a great portrait of the time. And young cocky Harrison Ford was great!
I love this movie. This not really a comdey but more of a drama about growing up and leaving home. It's a great portrait of the time. And young cocky Harrison Ford was great!
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2:38PM on 06/16/2011

Seriously?

your taste in movies sucks, sorry about it.
your taste in movies sucks, sorry about it.
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11:46AM on 06/16/2011

Wow.

Yeah, all this coming fron the guy who gave "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days" a FIVE STAR REVIEW. This is so frustrating. Why don't they let someone who actually has good taste in movies review something instead of a moron who wouldn't know taste if it bit him in the ass. This review is frustrating and annoying and the fact that you write for a movie website, yet haven't seen "American Graffiti" is almost preposterous. Maybe you should stick to reviewing monumentally shitty romcoms and leave
Yeah, all this coming fron the guy who gave "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days" a FIVE STAR REVIEW. This is so frustrating. Why don't they let someone who actually has good taste in movies review something instead of a moron who wouldn't know taste if it bit him in the ass. This review is frustrating and annoying and the fact that you write for a movie website, yet haven't seen "American Graffiti" is almost preposterous. Maybe you should stick to reviewing monumentally shitty romcoms and leave reviewing the good films to someone more qualified.
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