Corvette Summer (1978)
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After a recently restored Corvette is stolen from the auto-body shop of his Los Angeles high school, a young man sets out to recover the vehicle in this comedy-drama. His quest ultimately brings him to Las Vegas, where he meets and falls in love with a young prostitute.
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Critic Reviews for Corvette Summer
As long as one doesn't demand too much of it, Corvette Summer delivers a very pleasant two hours of escape.
Miss Potts may well be a gifted comedienne, but Mr. Robbins never lets her relax enough for the talent to show. Too often, he strains his actors' enthusiasm to the breaking point.
All in all a very funny movie with enough solid, believable story to take it beyond the realm of teenage summer fare.
Audience Reviews for Corvette Summer
I really enjoyed this movie, mostly because it stars two of my favourite actors, but it is also a fun comedy adventure about Hamil's character trying to get his car back.
This lighter than helium comedy was Mark Hamill's follow up to Star Wars. A high school grease monkey rebuilds, and tricks out, an old heap of a Corvette Stingray. While showing it off around town with his auto shop classmates, the car is stolen. Hamill goes in search of it, with the help of on-the-go call girl Annie Potts, eventually tracking the car to Las Vegas. That's about all the story there is. It's an utterly forgettable movie, but it's also a good natured romp that showcases Hamill when his career still lay in front of him. He and Potts have a believable chemistry, and they both make for likeable characters that are easy to root for. Released only about 6 months after Star Wars, Hamill still had the boyish zeal working for him that served him well in creating Luke Skywalker. Movies don't get much more lightweight than this, and I remember as a kid, only wanting to watch it because it had Luke Skywalker. But it still holds a certain level of charm, is firmly stuck in the 70's, and makes for a nice little 90 minute nostalgia trip, back to a time when I demanded much less from movies. Good performances, easy laughs, and even a couple of really good car chases. Hey...other actors have fared much worse in follow ups to their breakthrough movies.
Mainly known for being Mark Hamill's first performance following "Star Wars." A fairly breezy coming-of-age road comedy, created by Matthew Robbins and Hal Barwood, who collaborated many times, highlighted by "Dragonslayer," a personal favorite of mine! The movie goes well throughout until it gets tangled up in its own plot at the end. Hamill gets way-too overworked at times, overacting like he did early in his career. A pretty good late-night bet.
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