Used Cars (review recommended by readers Julia & David)

Release Date: 7/11/1980 – Rated R

Starring: Kurt Russell (Big Trouble In Little China)

Plot Summary:  Kurt Russell plays Rudy Russo, a stereotypical sleeze-ball used car salesman.  Junkers, rolled-back odometers, stolen cars and lies are what he deals in on  a daily basis; much to the chagrin of the lot’s owner, Luke Fuchs.  Luke doesn’t really approve of Rudy’s tactics, but he brings in the money, so he looks the other way.  Rudy has a dream to be the sleaziest he can be, and that means being a US Senator; all he needs is another $10k to buy the nomination, and Luke says he will give him the money in the morning.  The only problem is that Luke’s twin brother Roy, who wants the car lot for himself, induces a stroke by sending a goon over there to take him on a wild test drive. To keep the lot from falling into his evil brother’s hands, Roy and his coworkers hide Luke’s body, and sell the hell out of some cars. Including hacking TV signals to broadcast illegal commercials. the competing lots continue to pull pranks to try to out do each other, as wacky hijinks ensue.  All is going well until Luke’s long-lost daughter shows up to meet her estranged father. This builds up to a nice climax which needs to be seen to believed. Just remember “These prices are too damn high!”

Alex’s Thoughts:  I can’t believe I had never seen this, or even heard of this until it was recommended that we review it.  This was a pretty funny film, and I’m glad I saw it; Kurt Russell gets to flex his comedic chops, and that is never a bad thing.  There were quite a few funny scenes as well as some great sight gags.  I would recommend this to any 80’s comedy fan, or just anyone who wants to watch a funny and entertaining movie.

Tim’s Thoughts: I was shocked that I hadn’t seen this movie, I couldn’t believe how damn funny it was, and that I’d never heard of it. Now I am going to be recommending this to just about anybody who likes 80’s comedies, or Kurt Russell. The pirate radio commercials are almost as funny as the tricks they use to sell cars, so I say rent this soon, and check it out.

Final Thoughts:  We both like it, and want to thanks our readers who recommended it to us.  Sometimes this works the opposite of what we intended – we were hoping to bring some lesser known titles to your attention that we hope you’d like, but we have gotten a few requests and were really happy with the results.  So thanks again, and we think most people would really enjoy this one.

Alex Rates This Movie 8/10

Tim Rates This Movie 9/10

 “I saw the car over there in flames and all these strange little characters, you know, with towels on their heads, weird little goatees and stuff, running around yelling: “Ayatollah, Ayatollah.” Then they all got in a car and drove away. I guess it was Iranian students out to discredit the American way of life. I can’t imagine who else would do such a thing. ”

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