For two High School graduates and their friends, one night becomes a night of passage from being a teen and making the decision to become an adult in the 1950’s. Writer George Lucas, Gloria Katz, and Willard Huych bring together a wonderful story about several teens nostalgic about the past but learn how their choices will forever affect their future.
In “American Graffiti” George Lucas brought together a young but witty pack of cast members. Though Richard Dryfus, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Smith, Cindy Williams, and Harrison Ford where not new to acting, they did offer the look of fresh faced teens for the era that the film was placed in.
Though I know that Richard Dryfus, Ron Howards, and Cindy Williams were suppose to be the stars of American Graffiti. The scenes in the movie seem to be stolen by the antics of Paul Le Mat, Charles Smith, and Mackenzie Phillips. These three actors not only portrayed a night of coming to age but also brought laughter to the movie. Without these actors and several others, American Graffiti would have turned out to be a very long two-hour film.
Should people swarm out and obtain a copy of George Lucas American Graffiti? Honestly, there are parts in the movie that are out of place and bizarre. Of course viewers have to remember that this is a film based off of the life of teens in the 1950’s. Things seemed a little bit safer back in that era. Why would Laurie (Cindy Williams) jump into Bob’s (Harrison Ford) car when she obviously doesn’t know the man? To cause more question, Laurie barely talks to Bob while she’s in the car.
I’ve read review on how much American Graffiti is a classic that can be enjoyed by anyone. I have to agree that everyone can enjoy the storyline because we all go through that point in our life when we are at a period of change. My debate is that the tempo, sock hop, burger joint, and muscle cars may not be able to capture the attention of the teens of this generation. Perhaps our younger generation will not be able to relate to the story because they can not relate to what was suppose to be cool in that era.
Should American Graffiti be in your movie Q? If your looking for an interesting storyline based around 1950’s rock and roll then the film could be enjoyable to you. If you can’t related to the Beach Boys, Malt Shops, and muscle cars then let me suggest several other coming of age films:
Stand By Me
Ferris Buellers Day Off
The Breakfast Club