Tuesday, January 10, 2006

“It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it.”

"It only did fair box office? Not even all that funny?" No, a "cult" classic that far surpasses the likes of freakin' Stripes and that's a fact, Jack. A comic book deadpan farce with grit, it has real meat (in a smokin' soundtrack) and gristle (in the use of "authentic" locations) on it bones as it captured a slice of Chicago (vs. Vancouver or Toronto or Winnipeg) that was disappearing. Yes, the white fanboy dork factor, they who "discover" the blues via this vehicle, and how this film has filtered many fans' (even Chicagoans') perceptions of the Avis City complicate the evaluation and appreciation of this musical car-wreck. Still, on a scale of one to five, I'd rate it 4 1/2 Orange Whips. I would also recommend Used Cars of the same year (1980) by Robert Zemekis (and starring Kurt Russell & Jack Warden.) It should have been a hit, but it was buried by The Blues Brothers. "Tagline: Estimated Laugh Count: 287 City, 410 Highway. Use these numbers only for comparison. Your actual laughs may vary depending on how you feel about used car salesmen, nude women, spectacular car stunts, and the President of the United States."



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