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One of those movies that helped usher out the era of action films that had plots that made any sense (and also helped reverse the direction of Patrick Swayze's career arc), Road House concerns a handsome, existential bouncer in a rinky-dink honky-tonk who owns both a degree in philosophy and a Mercedes. And that's perhaps the most believable aspect of the whole movie. Swayze stars as Dalton, "the best bouncer in the business," who runs afoul of Wesley (Ben Gazzara), the meanest SOB round these parts, by taking up with his former girlfriend, Doc (Kelly Lynch)--the only woman in town with an IQ approaching double digits, even if she had unfathomably hooked up with such a lowlife. Swayze had complained about being typecast as beefcake when this was made, but that didn't stop him from revealing as much skin as possible--even guys like him, as revealed in a luridly seedy scene in which one of Wesley's goons tells Dalton that he reminds him of the kind of boyfriend he had in prison (albeit in much saltier terms). It's so insulting to its audience that it's nice to be able to turn the tables and laugh at the filmmakers. --David Kronke
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patrick Swayze plays a tough cooler in an upscale bar. The owner of a tumble down bar, hires Swayze to help enhance his clientele and image.
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Itï¿½s hard to argue with this logic once youï¿½ve seen ï¿½Road House.ï¿½ Itï¿½s trash. Itï¿½s sleazy. Itï¿½s often ludicrously stupid. The characters may talk philosophical bilge, but when it comes down to it they solve everything with their fists and shotguns. But thatï¿½s what the filmmakers wanted, and thatï¿½s what they deliver. (What do you expect from a director named ï¿½Rowdyï¿½?) Looking for a good time along those lines? Just want some butt-kickinï¿½, naked girls, barroom brawls, monster trucks, things going BOOM, Patrick Swayze mouthing silly lines and wrestling mean sweaty ugly guys while near naked, yet still getting up for his tai-chi in the morning? Well, ï¿½Road Houseï¿½ has got all that and more, and youï¿½re going to have a good time. Thereï¿½s trashy purity about this film thatï¿½s rather refreshing.
The plot? Yeah, itï¿½s got one ï¿½ just enough of one. Patrick Swayze (in what is really the defining role of his career) plays Dalton, a famous bouncer with a degree in philosophy, an attitude like a motivational speaker, kick-boxing moves, and who practices tai-chi. Dalton is one of the damned silliest characters in action film history, but you gotta love his outrageousness.Read more ›
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This arrived very quickly and was just what I expected in perfect condition. I love it.Published 11 months ago by Lucy
I love this action-packed movie.Patrick Swayze was really sexy in this.He was the Swayziest!Published 13 months ago by Sheila