Saturday, July 16, 2011

#350: American Graffiti

Directed by: GEORGE LUCAS
1973, TSPDT Rank #460

Obviously the template for many a beginning-of-summer teen film to come, this film is better than the first Star Wars in my opinion. It features a lot of great '50s and early '60s music, and uses a formless plot as a showcase for a bunch of actors which later became big names, including Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford. There's a lot of humor, reflection, and nostalgia, which make up for the film's lack of form or real substance, and provide an enjoyable watch. A worthwhile and timeless '70s film, worth seeing especially for all of the similar films that have followed and still remain in style today. The birth of a subgenre.

(Rating: 7/10)

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