American Graffiti (1973 Film) Review

American graffiti movie poster George Lucas francis Ford Coppola

I have known about American Graffiti for quite a number of years. It was released well before my birth, but it was a hugely successful film for its time. This was one of the first movies directed by George Lucas, who would go on a few years later and start Star Wars.

American graffiti toad and John Milner Paul Le Mat Charles Martin Smith

I had wrongly assumed that the movie was set in the 50s, but instead it’s rather set in the very early 1960s in California. There’s not really a main character in this movie. Rather you get to see many different characters all around.

Richard Dreyfuss as Curt Henderson American graffiti George Lucas

There’s the lovable loser looking for a date, the quarreling couple, the bad guys looking for trouble, and guys just looking to race each other for no reason at all. There’s really no shortage of drama going on in American Graffiti.

American graffiti yellow car George Lucas

But what will happen by the end of the night? You’ll see cars get stolen, tears get shed, and fights break out. I am hoping it really wasn’t a school night, because all the kids still in high school will still be up in the morning.

American graffiti Bob Falfa Harrison Ford

American Graffiti was honestly a bit disappointing for me. I have no love for the early 1960s, and I was expecting a lot more from the film. It’s still a good movie, don’t get me wrong, but I felt like the story it was a little pointless and had too many characters for a single film to follow. It was neat to see Harrison Ford in one of his earliest roles, but it’s definitely not a life-changing movie for me, but my mom was a big fan back in the day.

Score: B

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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