American Graffiti Reviews
This film is light sweet fantasy and dreamy small-talk magic that has quietly become culturally iconic. It's a tiny glimpse of some good in being young in 50s America.
Chock full with vibrancy, awkward hilarity, high school angst, all within a day and night of small town cruising, except with all the little nuances that let the audience share in each moment.
No matter your age, you get to laugh, and you get to sense nostalgia. And especially the power of little, memorable moments.
No wonder it kicked off all the wildly successful tv series: Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy, and gave us the indelible Fonz!
And the list of players here is clearly a who's who of Hollywood successes. Especially the smaller roles w Harrison Ford and Susanna Somers in the smallest of bits.
A quiet, low budget, all-American triumph.
5 out of 5 horn-rimmed glasses
It had told many stories, romance,mystery,and success.After watching, we felt the nostalgia and sadness, and think I wanna meet them once again.
Curt Henderson, Steve Bolander, John Milner and Terry "The Toad" Fields are all high school graduates going off to college. The all decide one night to just let loose and have fun out on the strip. The entire movie follows the wild adventure each of them have in this 73's coming of age flick.
it's a really fun enjoyable film. the music in here was awesome! Really the production all around for this project is absolutely incredible. The legendary Francis Ford Coppolla the producer for this project. a non star wars movie directed by George lucas and hell even ron howard is ACTUALLY ACTING IN HERE!! to think this guy goes on to become an Oscar winning director. shoot you can even add in the fact that its one of the original coming of age films set all in 24 hours like holy shit!
really impressive directing from George lucas. he tells a really relatable wild story that stems from his own teenage years. Richard dreyfuss was pretty good here and really does look the part of an 18 year old here and as usual he is pretty vibrant and spirted with his performance. Ron howard was not bad in his rare acting involvement in this film. the writing is sooo good here. just like any coming of age film in the end they all come to some serious realization of things but this one was pretty well weaved together.
killer flick go check it out especially if your curious to see George lucas directing something that is not star wars.
Anyway, overall a fun throwback film that I guess wanted to be a throwback film for those who were of that age during the time.
For how detailed and effortlessly authentic it is, it isn't actually all that interesting, though. Nothing really happens and even though we get to know the characters well and identify with them, very little takes place. One kid decides not to go to college and his best friend does (they foil each other, big deal). They drive around and talk and drive around some more. Every once in a while there's a fight or a kiss, but overall this film is just like any average night back then and has little reason for being. Maybe that's its purpose, but I didn't anticipate it and therefore found it odd. It's listless and uncertain and, in that way, much like I remember being the few days before leaving for college. It's hard to critique it because it does what it set out to so well, but it has no real drive or narrative. It's all over the place, just like a night with your high school friends so often is.
The film is eternal and strikes a cord within long after it ends; the mark of any great classic film.
Podría incluso considerarse cultura viva americana. Del Lucas. Quien lo diría.