"Used Cars" is one of those "movies for guys who love movies". It's a movie that pulls no punches, and will hit you square onto your funny bone. Although most of the cars in the film are junkers, they are still cool! You will see an amazing lime green 1973 Lincoln Continental in one scene, and an awesome '74 Mercury Montego that jumps a ramp over a moving train and still runs with big chrome '70s bumper intact! Then you we see a remarkable car chase that involves about 300 classic cars, ranging from old Lincolns and Chryslers, etc.
The movie features Russell as Rudy Russo, an used car salesman with absolutely no morals. Jack Warden takes on dual roles as twin brothers trying to win the battle of used car lots at the same corner. Garret Graham plays Russell's sidekick Jeff who tries to help Rudy move the cars through illegal television commercials, which are absolutely hilarious. Other performances of note are those of Deborah Harmon, the daughter of one of the twins who wins Rudy's heart, Joe Flaherty from Second City as an unscrupulous lawyer and Michael McKean and David Lander as techno wizards who assists Russell and Graham in their illegal activities.
I genuinely miss these types of comedies. Used Cars reminded me of a combination of The Blues Brothers, Police Academy, and License to Drive. It reminded me of a time when comedy was funny because of the language, actions, and final result. Sure, it followed a pattern that can be seen in nearly every film from this decade, but it was a tactic that worked well for those looking to make simple audiences laugh with simple jokes. You cannot find this in today's movies at all...
Overall rating: 8 out of 10.
Used car salesman Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) needs money to run for State Senate, so he approaches his boss Luke (Jack Warden). Luke agrees to front him the $10,000 he needs, but then encounters an "accident" orchestrated by his brother Roy also played by Warden, who runs the car lot across the street. Roy is hoping to claim title to his brother's property because Roy's paying off the mayor to put the new interstate through the area. After Luke disappears, it's all out war between the competing car shops, and no nasty trick is off limits as Rudy and his gang fight to keep Roy from taking Luke's property. Then Luke's daughter shows up.
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