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Like the old drive-in speakers that you used to hang on your half-lowered car windows, it may not be the best way to experience the medium. But if your head's in the right place, it can be a heckuva lot of fun.
Depending on your point-of-view, this is either a nostalgic stroll through a cheesy slice of American pop culture or an attempt to provide a tongue-in-cheek reinvigoration of it. Most likely, it's a little of both.
Tarantino and Rodriguez are telling us something about what turned them on at the movies back when the thrills were as cheap as the tickets (and before Hollywood started making steroidal versions of grindhouse movies with A-list stars).
I enjoyed the invented trailers the directors fold into the mix, but despite the jokey 'missing reels,' these two full-length features are each 20 minutes longer than they need to be, and neither one makes much sense as narrative.
Too often the films fail to separate what made drive-in shockers good (unapologetic bad taste and an ability to generate excitement on a shoestring) from what made them bad (the kind of self-indulgence that homogenized studio products filtered out.)
You go to Grindhouse for the same reasons people went to the original grindhouses primal, visceral action and primal, visceral sex (Wait'll you see how that's handled). Nobody ever went for the acting or 'the art.'
The 1970s exploitation movie gropes, bites, kicks, slugs, blasts, smashes and cusses its way back to life in Grindhouse, a 'Rodriguez/Tarantino double feature' that lovingly resurrects a disreputable but cultishly embraced form.