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Hands on a Hard Body Reviews

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½ January 6, 2016
1/6/16 Sundance Doc Club
Only in Texas, particularly East Texas would people endure this type of pain to win a truck. However, the film maker does a great job of pulling the viewer in and making you want to stay till the end to see who wins, like the contestants but without the pain. It is a testament to perseverance and achievement, not only a marketing gimmick but a beautiful human interest story. Well done and worth watching.
½ November 12, 2015
Quirky but surprisingly absorbing Hands on a Hard Body relishes in its east-Texas influence and gets a lot of interest in its stationary subject though its conclusion comes off as anticlimactic.
May 29, 2015
This doc is actually riveting. It reveals the stories of the contestants in both amusing interesting and disturbing ways. Quite a little study in humanity.
November 10, 2013
On of Itunes best selling character movies
July 7, 2013
Finally watched this movie after all these years. It's a strange, fascinating, and bizarre movie, with oddly compelling characters.
½ April 25, 2013
Must watch documentary about the "Hands On A Hard Body" contest held in LONGVIEW, TX!
March 25, 2013
Now a Broadway musical.
½ December 29, 2012
Slightly boring, which standing around a car for 70 plus hours pretty much is, but some entertaining moments can be found here.
½ May 23, 2012
Good night at the theater. Good mix of serious and light. Good songs and characters. Staging needs work and the silences were too long. But this was the first performance and trey,who I spoke to before the show,said they were going to make final decisions after two weeks. I think its a winner.
December 10, 2011
Recommended by Loren.
½ April 3, 2011
Kept me guessing and making predictions the whole way. Looks like amateurs put it together but it's still thoroughly entertaining.
½ March 21, 2011
This was amazing. So quotable, so well done.
February 28, 2011
*Finally* tracked down a copy of this film and it was worth the search. I would have loved to have seen Altman's planned narrative feature on this.
½ February 1, 2011
Brilliant documentary about one of those competitions where the last person to take the hand off the car wins. Both hilarious and insightful it's fascinating at every stage as each hour goes by with the spectre of American consumerism never far away from each competitor.
January 10, 2011
This completely exceeded what I could have imagined. A truly engaging look at just what a bunch of hicks and religious freaks will go through to win a truck.
February 21, 2010
Contrary to the title; this is not a documentary about gay porn.

Here's another documentary that touches on my absolute favoritest subject in the whole entire America's world. A contest that is wholly mundane and stupid, but were the contestants believe it to be a life and death struggle akin to being dropped off into the steaming jungles of Nam during the Spanish American war.

Here are a bunch of Texans (definitely a capital T) in 1995, or rather looks more like 1985 amirte!, who enter a contest to see who can keep their hands on a new truck (the hard body) and who(m)ever does it the longest gets to win (die) it. AND IT'S A NISSAN! NOT EVEN AN 'MERICAN TRUCK?!

What the hell?

Now I'm not saying these people are rednecks, but Randy Newman wrote a song about them (right after he farted cause Randy Newman is fat and he farts alot in addition to writing Disney songs) in between mail runs.

It also has the production values of my high school acting class. The one were I performed a triumphant version of Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch. I fucking made John Cleese look like John Belushi. I, as the kids say, owned. It was so awesome that the fake parrot I was smacking on the table broke (his head flew off) as I was performing! FUNNY STUFF. Seriously though, they must have used the same Sony VHS handicam I used to have. But that doesn't matter. Self obsessed people inflating a mundane (stupid) event to the point of insanity. One dude compares himself to, "it's like that movie I watched. Highlander. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!"


He lost.

There's an odd Zen-like quality to these people. Or more an ant Zen quality cause you know, this is a bit counter-intuitive to Zen.

January 18, 2010
How shit was I hooked, I had my favorites and man was I in it with them. An amazing look at a slice of Americana.
January 10, 2010
this is one of the best films I have ever seen
January 4, 2010
Fascinating. I cried.
½ June 30, 2009
"Because they at least tried and there's not that many triers in the world today, there's not that many people willing to take a risk to do something, to stick themselves out in a position where they might get hurt, they don't want to do that"
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