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Stupid af. The plot, the acting, the music...all total garbage. The shwishing and shwooshing sounds during action scenes is so ridiculous. Nicole Kidman is cute, but Jesus Christ girl, get some conditioner on that poof you call hair. The only reason I gave it 1.5 stars is because there is some really pretty scenery of Australia.
This is a special film for me as it was the first movie that I saw at the cinema. I had a choice between this or Lady & the Tramp.
I should have chosen the latter. The trailer had these guys going down a waterslide with their BMXs. To the 6 year old me it was simply the coolest thing I had ever witnessed. Still, Nicole Kidman's presence gave me a lifelong attraction to tall redheads
BMX Bandits touted greedily as an "Australian adventure crime drama film", comes off as more of a romp through an asylum as the story flits between bank robbers, a crew of hapless teenagers and a plot that makes Tommy Wiseau's 2003 American independent romantic drama film (hows that for a fucking genre) look like the Shawshank Redemption.
The movie starts with a band of violent bank robbers doing over a bank in 1980's Manly (Sydney, Australia) dressed in a frightening 'three little pigs' motif. Meanwhile two young stooges, PJ and Goose, pop some rudimentary BMX stunts about town eventually having their bikes destroyed by lazy-eyed Judy (played by Nicole Kidman) who is collecting trolleys at Waringah Mall.
In order to pay for new bikes, the 3 idiots team up and rather than asking their rich North Shore parents for new bikes decide to knick a dinghy and search the harbour for cockles to fund their cyclical addiction. The kids end up finding some hot walkie talkies and after selling them get kitted out in some sick Mongoose merchandise.
Problem is the walkie talkies belong to the boss of the bank robbers, a psychopath known only as 'the Boss'. He enlists the help of his two best morons, Whitey and Moustache.
With such an explosive opening, it's hard to believe that this movie is such a bomb. Trying to be too many things at once, it lets the BMX genre down with only one twentieth of the stunts performed in similar movies such as Rad (1986), and not even a single back-flip.
Abstract like....watching a moving living breathing painting.....pure art.
It's a great flick for what it is, but that long chase scene was so weirdly staged. Nicole Kidman was such a little cutie in this one.
I really don't understand... Maybe I had to live when Bmx Bandits came out to appreciate it but I just could not handle the awfulness of this movie. The three main characters were really frustratingly dumb as well as the villains and it's just so freaking stupid!! I can't put into words how stupid I feel this movie is! It was really cheesy to a point where it wasn't even funny anymore. It became awkwardly awful. The ending of this movie is also just awful. There's no way that all those kids knew what was going on and why this was happening. I feel like the writers felt that way too because BMX Bandits was pure garbage too a point where after making fun of it for a while didn't even become fun anymore. It has a way too long chase scene that's really stupid (30 minutes almost). The movie was a car bike chase. I strongly recommend a different movie than this rubbish. F+
Entertaining, though thoroughly ridiculous kids film, from down under. Aussie exploitation director Brian Trenchard-Smith, who did classic grindehouse flicks like "Stunt Rock," "Escape 2000" and a personal favorite "Dead End Drive-In" (he also made "Leprechaun 4: In Space"), made this surprisingly family friendly film about a group of BMX bike riding friends who come across a stash of stolen police radios that the bad guys want to use for a bank job. The Home Alone-like bumbling villains do their darned to get the plucky kids, one if whom is a 16 year old Nicole Kidman in her first film role. Kidman is good in her role and one of the plucky kids, though I'm not sure you'd necessarily say she commands the screen or that it was obvious she'd be a star (as compared to early Angelina Jolie parts in trashy films like "Cyborg 2"). The film has good sense of place, showing off lots of uniquely looking Australian locations. There's also a fun 1980s nostalgia to the film with arcades, 80s clothes and music. It's all very silly, but it's a breezy enjoyable time.
Okay, this is really a dumbass movie. It has a completely implausible plot and a fair amount of bad, unfunny comedy, and I can't pretend it's a conventionally good film. I really loved it. At first, I simply enjoyed it's fairly straightforward 80s vibe, but it really won me over with an amazing chase sequence that seems to take up a full third of the film and features some incredible stunt work. It sets out to accomplish a few really modest goals and it accomplishes them really well ... and yes, it stars a very young Nicole Kidman in her super frizzy hair days.
Chase scenes are ridiculous... Even for the 80's. Mongoose is a douche, no wonder he can't get the girls over PJ.
Kids would like it, but if you're older than 14, there's not a lot here other than a few neat stunts and shots and baby faced Nicole Kidman.