Michael Leder and Jake Cunningham (Ghibliotheque – A Podcast About Studio Ghibli and Ghibliotheque: The Unofficial Guide to the Movies of Studio Ghibli) return to Flixwatcher remotely to review Michael’s choice American Graffiti.
In a galaxy far, far away in 1973 George Lucas directed American Graffiti. Set in 1962 it tells the story of a group of teenagers on their last night in their hometown (based on Lucas’ own hometown of Modesto) before they go to college. Notable cast members include Richard Dreyfuss as Curt Henderson, Ron Howard as Steve Bolander, Charles Martin Smith as Terry “The Toad” Fields, Cindy Williams as Laurie Henderson and the debut of Harrison Ford as Bob Falfa.
American Graffiti couldn’t be more different to what would later be probably the biggest cinema franchise ever, there are no effects, no other worlds, just a group of kids cruising around in Ford Thunderbirds, hanging around at drive-ins, trying to get lucky and unaware of what the arrival of the 1970s and the Vietnam War will bring.
American Graffiti had a mixed response from Flixwatcher and guests, Kobi and Helen were less enamoured than Michael and Jake and the recommedability scores were reflected in this difference of opinion. Strong scores from Michael and Jake across the remaining categories help to give an overall score of 3.45.
What do you guys think? Have you seen American Graffiti? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!
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