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Road House
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on January 12, 2004
While this may be among the worst of the mid-80s-to-mid-90s action flicks produced by Joel Silver (the Lethal Weapon movies, Die Hard), I find it one of the more entertaining entries in the guy's canon of shoot-'em-ups. Now I'd go over some of the ridiculous moments, corny dialogue, horrid one-liners that try to pass themselves off as "witty", over-the-top antics, and Patrick Swayze's pathetic attempts to emote. But since these points have been done to death in most of the previous customer reviews-- and because I'm a lazy reviewer-- I suggest you give them a read to get the gist of how monumentally hokey this mo-pic is. All I'm gonna add is when a blind musician (Jeff Healey) does a better job acting than most of the other cast members, you know you're takin' the fast track down to Cinematic CheddarVille...
But not only do I watch cheesy flicks for kicks and a laugh, I also search for flubs, continuity errors, and other weirdness. Like for instance the final part of Dalton's (Patrick Swayze) little Tai Chi workout, where you can see the shadow of the camera tracking across his back at the bottom of the screen. Then there's the part where a guy's nose is bleeding a split-second BEFORE Dalton punches him in the face. This particular moment happens pretty quickly BTW, so ya better be payin' attention. Finally, there's the weirdest moment: the closing credits sequence, featuring Jeff Healey and his band playing a number at the Double Deuce bar. Now that isn't all that weird in itself... what IS weird is that Healey's wearing an analog wristwatch!
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on February 2, 2003
As guilty pleasures go, Road House is one of my guiltiest. Granted, it helps if you're A) male and B) drinking heavily, but I never could resist watching it when it popped up on TBS or TNT, even in a heavily-edited, pan-and-scan format. (I'm not alone, either--along with The Shawshank Redemption, Road House delivers a regular spike to the Turner stations' ratings whenever it airs; how's THAT for disparity?) This movie works on exactly the level it's intended to work, as a mindless display of gratuitous sex and slightly less gratuitous violence, and I mean that in a good way. And if you're not the sort of person who watches so-bad-it's-good films, you can take in Sam Elliott's pitch-perfect performance as Patrick Swayze's mentor. Even his worst lines sound brilliant when he delivers them in his been-everywhere-done-everything drawl. This film was produced by Joel Silver, the Jerry Bruckheimer of the late 80's, and his influence can be felt in every frame. If you're of drinking age and up for 2 hours of no-brainer action, this is the DVD to watch. I guarantee you, you'll never see a better film directed by a man named Rowdy.
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on December 22, 2001
Theres so much cheese in this movie I cant list it all. From the 2 small guys who are the baddest bouncers alive to these rich beautiful people who live in some small town. And of course the small bouncer has a degree and just happens to fall in love with his rich enemys beautiful ex who must be half her exs age. And God knows bouncers are legendary worldwide and they dont escort people to the door, they get in endless fist fights with no worry of being arrested or lawsuits! Where does the cheese end?! You see it and you'll know what I'm talking about. Nonetheless, as unbelievable as this movie is, I cant deny I really like it. Its very entertaining. The fight scenes rock and the music is good. If you dont analyze it like I do and just take it for what it is...its fun. Dont try to fit it in with the real world, just tell yourself its a fantasy and you'll like it.
Oh did I forget how the small bouncer is basically the sheriff. Or how the writers knew the audience would think Swayze was too small for the baddest bouncer role so they built in the line "I thought youd be bigger" as reverse psychology? hehe...
Oh. I really do enjoy this cheesy movie and watch it alot! I just need a few beers first.
On the quality......The quality of this tape is horrible because of bad copy protection "technology" aka Macrovision. Any tape Ive seen of this - the picture is pathetic. But hey, at least you cant copy this horrible quality tape which must have been more important to the studio than giving the customers a good sharp picture.
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on November 15, 2000
In the grand tradition of fight now, ask questions later, comes Road House. Patrick Swayze is Dalton. He is the new breed of bar bouncers. Calling himself the cooler, Dalton is small, a martial arts expert, and he has a degree in psychology. This means bad news for the regulars at the Duece, Duece because Dalton has been hired to clean it up. And clean it up he does. But first he had to personally put every piece of bad element he doesn't want out on their rear ends. Everything seems to be going right until Dalton runs head to head with Brad Wesley(Ben Gazzera). Wesley is like the town's dictator, he owns a piece of just about every business in town and he doesn't like Dalton's presence one bit. Lucky for the audience one of them must go and Dalton isn't one to budge easily.
This is a guys movie all the way. Swayze is awesome as Dalton. He is cool, confident, and tough as nails. Gazzera is good as the villian and he sends plenty of thugs over to the Duece, Duece to keep the action coming. Sam Elliot is great in his supporting role as Dalton's mentor, Wade Garrett. And of course there has to be women, and there are, but none hotter than Kelly Lynch, Dalton's love interest. Roadhouse never slows down. It has a great soundtrack and it is well directed. It's just a fun movie.
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on April 13, 2002
This movie really got hold of me. Action, and Sam Elliot, great character. But what really keeps me wanting the DVD is the BAND! Jeff Healey and his guys are what keeps this thing moving. Unorthodox style, but the notes are THERE. If you like R&B, kickin'tail fuzz and Canadians sounding like Southern rockers, you will never regret this show.
Come on, studio. Time to get this one on disc.
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on April 22, 1999
Patrick could be such a better actor, but this movie didn't have the quality of the other movies that he has appeared in over the years. Also the movie was very groase and to bloody for me and you both in my point of view. But some people seem to enjoy the blood and guts in a movie; but how the world is turning out their is to much blood in movies. thank you for reading my review.
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on July 7, 2000
Patrick Swayze plays a maverick martial arts expert with an NYU philosophy degree who cleans up a small-town bar full of rednecks. This is another so-bad-it's-good movie. There are some enjoyable fight scenes that keep the viewer interested, but some funny dialogue ("My way or the highway") and brain dead script put this on a lower level than other action movies.
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on December 6, 2003
chock full of action which keeps this movie at bay..also the performance by Swayze as well..the scene where he fights that dude in the jean jacket...good scene...Kelly Lynch is also great..but it hits the dirt road somewhere in the middle..but all in all its a good Swayze movie..let's here it for the blind guy and his band in the cage...what a great band
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on March 27, 2003
I love Jeff Healey and he is the musical component of this movie,
I don't know if many other people would want to buy a movie for that alone. It has the eye candy of Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott to add flavor to the mix. A movie I have enjoyed over and over again.
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on January 29, 2003
Too bad. If ever a bad movie needed special features, it's this one. Otherwise, It'll be good to watch this movie in a digital format. BEST BAD MOVIE EVER!
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