Roadhouse 66 (1984) from Tuna

Roadhouse 66? And I thought they made a lot of sequels to Friday the 13th!

Roadhouse 66 was actually made before Roadhouse, and is kind of a "mismatched buddy" movie starring Judge Reinhold and Willem Dafoe. Reinhold plays a rich kid working with his father in a fast food chain but itching to break free. Dafoe is a former music star who gave up on life when his partner was killed in a car crash. They meet when the local bad boy in Kingman, Arizona shoots a hole in the radiator of Reinhold's classic '55 T-Bird. Dafoe helps Reinhold limp into Kingman, where they try to buy a radiator, but end up instead with the sisters who own the auto parts store (Kaaren Lee and Kate Vernon). They continue to have problems with the local hood, and the conflict cannot be decided until when the lads agree to take on the bully in a classic car race on old Route 66.

The plot is rather predictable, Reinhold has a shit-eating grin on his face during the entire film, and Dafoe doesn't do Brando well at all. On the other hand, some of the supporting cast members are colorful, and both women are hugely appealing. It's not great filmmaking, but OK as light entertainment. I suppose I should have tagged on "romantic comedy" to the genre because everyone lives happily ever after.



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Kaaren Lee and Kate Vernon show their breasts.

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Based on this description, this film is a C-, passable "guilty pleasure" entertainment.

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