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MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #62. American Graffiti (1973)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.

American

“Peel out, I just love it when guys peel out.”

For a bloke who spent the last 15 or so years facing charges of raping nerd’s childhoods by having the audacity to make movies for kids long after those nerds grew out of childhood, George Lucas had a way more interesting and eclectic start to his a career than the years since would suggest.  He started with some serious, dark, adult sci-fi in THX-1138.    A few years later, he had one of the most successful movies of all time and helped invent the concept of the blockbuster with not so serious, not so adult sci-fi in Star Wars.  And in between, he made a small coming of age story that was love letter to America the 50s, American Graffiti.


It’s the last night of summer in small town, 60s California.  With a scholarship cheque in his pocket, Curt (Richard Dreyfus) gets ready for one last night of cruising the main drag before going away to college on the other side of the country.  Also living the dream and getting ready for the big move is his best friend, Steve (Ron Howard).  Only, Curt’s having second thoughts.  Whether it’s fear holding him back or nostalgia for his home town, Curt keeps trying to prolong his last night and avoid accepting that his move is only hours away. (more…)