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Road House
DVD disk
Oct 8, 2004 By: The Arrow
Road House order
Director:
Rowdy Herrington

Actors:
Patrick Swayze
Sam Elliott
Ben Gazzarra

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Dalton (Swayze), the best bouncer in the barroom game, is hired to clean up the “Double Deuce” bar (i.e. the alcoholic JoBlo.com team), but soon finds out that it goes deeper than just a few rambunctious rednecks and our tai-chi loving nutcracker winds up having to take on the overlord of the town (Gazzarra) and his henchmen. He, of course, also finds the time to fall in love. Open up those beers mofos! It's Road House time!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Is this movie particularly well written? Not really. Do I buy Patrick Swayze as a Zen bouncer? Maybe. Are the plot turns here more predictable than Claire Danes’ career? Yes! Now for the 10 dollar question: is this a beer nut jamboree of fun? YOU BET, PABLO! This fast-paced, well directed and let’s face it, somewhat ridiculous action flick tosses all the right mixes of booze in the mug and should buzz the action fiends of the world. I’m talking gratuitous violence, hot cars, big jugs, big trucks, big guns and big “fill in the blank”.

Tag to that, Sam Elliot playing a rugged Sam Elliot (good stuff), Ben Gazzara throwing in a few punches (now that’s funny) and some knee slapping lines (when the bad guy told Dalton “I used to fuck guys like you in prison”...I lost it!) and you get a rowdy, silly, macho, but extremely entertaining watch. Sure, there were too many Jeff Healey Band songs in this dive and the dialogue was, at times, inanely stupid, but that’s the price you pay for Kelly Lynch in the nude and exciting pow-wow filling your screen. Oh and the ladies will be happy to know that there is a decent (if not implausible) love story in the joint as well and "The Swayze Master" is shirtless and oiled up like a bask turkey many 'o times. Let’s rumble!
THE EXTRAS
Does the trailer count as an extra? You be the judge…
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
ROAD HOUSE is akin to a “beer”. It’s simple, straight up and it gets the job done. Nobody will accuse this movie of being anywhere near intelligent, but pure “amusement” can take you a long way and this movie filled my noggin with good times all around. The DVD is solid audio/video wise, but it’s definitely hungover when it comes to the extras. This one is worth owning though, it’s the perfect after-party flick. Rock and roll with ROAD HOUSE and remember “To be nice…until it's time to not be nice!”
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