Bad Boys Never Die (TV Movie 1994)

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Bad Boys Never Die: Directed by Robert Rodriguez. With David Arquette, John Hawkes, Salma Hayek, Jason Wiles. Cynical look at a 50’s rebellious Rocker who has to confront his future, thugs with knives, and the crooked town sheriff.

“Roadracers is an underrated and hugely enjoyable film. The plot is, of course, not very original (though this could be due to it being a remake of a drive-in classic?? 🙂 ), but I feel that this general plot is hiding the deeper sub-plots of the film. There is Salma Hayeku0026#39;s portrayal of Donna, Hispanic and adopted by u0026#39;whiteu0026#39; parents. Itu0026#39;s rather disappointing that director Rodriguez that he fails to bring Donnau0026#39;s enigmatic family history to the forefront, and we are left wondering why this was even included in the film if it was never going to be solved. The cruelty of authority is (as always) revealed by redneck thug, u0026#39;Sargeu0026#39; who shamelessly will try anything to get rebel Doody out of his town. Primarily, Roadracers is entertaining, and there are countless scenes that are hilarious. One of my particular favourites is the homo-erotic scene which involves u0026#39;Sargeu0026#39;, his lieutenant and a sausage roll. Sarge takes such delight in fondling his sausage roll, claiming that his u0026#39;momma makes u0026#39;em specially for u0026#39;imu0026#39;, and instructs his foolish lieutenent to similarly inspect, molest and finally indulge in his own roll. Sarge takes similar glee in producing the pastries firstly from a pocket in his jacket, and then seemingly from another pocket elsewhere… I was almost expecting him to pull one out from another bodily location… Nixer is delightful as Doodu0026#39;s endearing sidekick, and David Arquette does an excellent job on playing the character of the restless teen (heu0026#39;s also mightily aesthetically pleasing- eye candy if you will.) The soundtrack is also great, as are the characters of Teddy Leather and his cronies (my own names for them? :the Pig and Neanderthal Man- Iu0026#39;m sure people whou0026#39;ve seen the film know which one is which!!) I basically think that just because Roadracers is a TV movie, it shouldnu0026#39;t be ignored separately from Rodriguezu0026#39;s more recent films – after all you can see in this film the makings of a great director, and most of his usual trademarks.”

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