Incorrigible and not altogether competent small-time crook Richard Pryor has pulled one fastone too many. His exasperated parole officer threatens him with a long jail term unless he agreesto drive a group of special education students in a rickety bus from Philadelphia to Seattle, wherethey will find a new home. All sorts of misadventures await along the road trip.
There’s a vaguely gritty atmosphere, which helps defuse some of the sentimentality, and thekids are h…rdly your usual quite widdle orphans: you have your irritating blind kid, your arsonist,your former child prostitute (there are some rather dubious gags concerning her), and so on. thisis still a pretty lackluster affair.
The soundtrack is mono. Not too much to say about it, but it is a warm track, very clean, withlittle distortion (though the dialogue does buzz a little now and then). The music has a nice funkyfeel to it, almost as if the film were from a few years earlier than 1981.
There is some grain apparent here, and the colours as a whole are a bit dark, tending towardsthe murky, especially the flesh tones. The reds, by contrast, are a little too strong. The image isdecently sharp, but the film is showing its age.
Nothing but the trailer for Friday Night Lights. The menu’s main screen isscored.
A bare-bones review of a mediocre comedy. Don’t rush to the stores all at once, now.
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