Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Charles Martin Smith and Paul Le Mat return in this laugh-filled follow-up look into the lives of the gang from George Lucas’ original coming-of-age classic, American Graffiti. Set a few years later, the film traces the continuing hopes, dreams and romances of these high school friends. Gone are the sock hops, cruise nights and make-out spots. Now it’s all about campus parties, love-ins and peace rallies – as these friends find themselves in the midst of the amazing era that was the mid-60s. Featuring a timeless soundtrack loaded with the period’s greatest hits by Bob Dylan, Donovan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Doors and more, it’s a story sure to evoke memories of a time when becoming an adult meant laughing, crying and savoring old friendships.
Being such a huge fan of American Graffiti, I was thrilled when I saw that it was out on video finally (we here in the UK have been deprived of it for 20 years). Checking out the IMDB while waiting for it to arrive, I was, however, weary of my purchase. An average 4 out of 10 did not look good. Of course, the mistake everyone makes though is that this should be compared to the original – which is impossible. AG was, and still is, a unique film that can never be replicated. Thus, I have to commend the concept behind this other unique gem, which follows four characters through four different New Years Eves. The return of so many original cast members is fascinating, even the little Pharoh is back helping Big John on his dragster! Yes, the split screens from Debbie’s year was annoying, but apart from that I cannot really criticise this film. It is more of a documentary – style ‘Where are they now’ kind of thing, and it really works! So – here is my advise. Unfortunately this aint on DVD, so you’ll need a VHS too. Watch the original and marvel at its delights. Then, the moment the credits finish rolling, whack this vid into your player. This way, you won’t be disappointed. 10 out of 10.
English | BRRip | MKV | 1280×544 | AVC @ 4134 kb/s | 4.37 GB
Audio: DTS @ 1509 kb/s | 6 channels | 01:50:53 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War