“Trying to talk and hear at the same time is like trying to eat and kiss. It’s a mess!”
An idealistic young man (Paul Le Mat) running a voluntary station to help truckers in distress gets so fed up with frivolous use of the emergency frequency by amateur CB-ers that he tries to hunt down and stop the perpetrators. Meanwhile, his neglected girlfriend (Candy Clark) starts fooling around with his more attentive brother (Bruce McGill).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Candy Clark Films
- Character Studies
- Jonathan Demme Films
- Paul Le Mat Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “amiable comedy-character study” features “smart dialogue, quirky but believable, engaging characters, and a nice mix of humor and occasional drama.” Unfortunately, while the quirky characters and their situations are amusing at first, director Jonathan Demme inexplicably shifts into slapstick mode by the end, with contrived coincidences complicating the film’s overall laid-back approach. Nonetheless, as Peary notes, this film is notable for moving Demme “into [the] Hollywood mainstream” when it “got excellent reviews”.
- Paul Le Mat as Spider
- Charles Napier as a bigamist whose two wives accidentally meet one day
- A horrifying early scene in the rain, when Napier is nearly killed by his semi until Spider comes to his rescue
No. While this is an interesting look at a subculture, it’s not must-see viewing.