Used Cars (1980)

“There goes a perfectly good bumper sticker.”

Synopsis:
A used car salesman (Jeff Bridges) tries to prevent his dead boss’s car lot from falling into the hands of his boss’s nefarious twin brother (Jack Warden).

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Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary is not alone in his assessment of this “fast-moving, eccentric” comedy as “hilarious” and “very entertaining”; many other critics seem to agree (see links below) — but I’m afraid I’m not one of them. More akin to Porky’s (1981) than Airplane! (1980), Used Cars relies far too heavily on broad slapstick in its skewering of what is already a sure-fire target. There’s potential here for something much greater.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • A few mildly amusing moments — as when a trained dog plays dead in order to elicit sympathy from potential customers
    Dog

Must See?
No. This one is only for die-hard fans of Zemeckis’ comedies.

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