American Graffiti (1973)


American Graffiti is a 1972 coming of age comedy drama film directed by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins and Wolfman Jack. The film is set in Modesto, California in 1962 and tells about the culture of cruising and rock and roll popular among the post World War II baby boom generation. It also tells the story of a group of teenagers and their adventures over a single night.

This film features lots of popular songs of the 50’s and early 60’s, adding to the theme. To me, the soundtrack, the cars, the drive-in restaurant and the clothing are all excellent representations of the era. This film is filled humor, mischief, romance and womanizing (although the females are teenagers). This a movie that people who grew up as teens during this period will love, as well as people who love oldies. Anyone who loves to “go back in time,” will love this as well.

Of course, I wasn’t alive then, but I have a deep appreciation for things considered old or classic. I was born in the wrong decade, because I love this film’s soundtrack and the cars. This film is the perfect combination of humor and drama, with Wolfman Jack as the DJ. 13+ 5/5


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