The Van (1977) from Tuna

The Van (1977) is a titty flick about a High School senior who has saved enough working in a car wash to buy a customized Chevy van. 
Other than the fresh young (and not so fresh) exposure, the most interesting thing about this film is a performance by a young Danny DeVito, with hair, as the car wash owner/bookie.  

Our hero hopes owning the tricked out van will be the key to sex and happiness but, of course, life has surprises for him. 


Many breasts on display, but no well-known names. Note the main commentary

DVD info from Amazon

  • no widescreen, no features 

The best exposure is from Connie Lisa Marie, who plays the girlfriend of the meanest of the van owners. Her only other work was in a couple of Starsky and Hutch episodes. Marcie Barkin shows breasts and buns, as does Cherise Wilson, and two unknowns.

The Critics Vote

  • Maltin 1.5/4

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 3.6
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a full C. This is exactly what the genre "titty flick" was. Young breasts, lame plot, poor script, and mostly bad acting. It is an excellent example of the genre, and it is a genre I miss.

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