Movies That Suck returns after a long hiatus! For those who don't know Movies That Suck is where I watch a film that you won't want to. Although... quite a few of my selections have turned out to be... pretty good? So you never can tell for sure. This one though... trust me. Probably not great.
This time it's... Repo Man!
So without further commentary- here we go.
This starts off with a jam. I guess the whole soundtrack is punk 80's style. And the intro is kinda cool- we have a map showing the route the car takes- from Los Alamos in New Mexico to California. Iggy Pop does the theme. So anyway this Malibu is driving erratically down a desert highway and the driver gets pulled over. The driver- Parnell- is off, talking to himself. When the cop asks what's in the trunk, the driver tells him-
"You don't want to look in there."
The cop of course does just that- looks back there- and whatever is in the trunk vaporizes him, leaving only his boots. Woot! Alright, I'm getting a beer and settling in with this one!
We meet Otto (a very 1985 Emilio Estevez) who's working in some dump supermarket and he gets fired. Punkers! Otto's at a party and his girlfriend is sleeping with someone else- a guy named Duke- so Otto's like f this. He goes on a bender- we're supposed to feel sorry for him- and he meets a repo man named Bud (played by the awesomest Harry Dean Stanton).
Bud spins him some bullshit story and tricks Otto into repo-ing a Cutlass. Meanwhile some chica upstairs is like some gringo is taking our car lol. Welcome to repo school.
Bud works for Helping Hand Acceptance Corp. I guess Otto does now too. This crew. Only in the eighties did they make shows like this.
So the government agents are investigating the deceased cop and their intel indicates that their quarry is 44% likely to be in L.A. When asked what could have happened to the cop, the lead agent replies
"People just explode."
Wow, some things never change. Otto returns home to find his parents enthralled by a televangelist- this was the eighties- and the guy is railing against communism and liberal humanism. Kinda like now! The televangelist is telling his audience to go ahead and mortgage their home, sell their car- they don't really need a car, right?- and send him the money! Meanwhile, Otto asks his parents about a $1,000 they promised him if he'd finish school. Oops. They sent that money to their favorite televangelist...
So our Malibu comes rolling into L.A. right past some government spooks in hazmat suits.
So this viaduct situation looks just like the place from To Live and Die in LA.
So Duke and crew are robbing a place and I feel like they're gonna keep turning up. Otto tries to repo a car and gets maced for his trouble. Later he picks up a chick named Leila. Who happens to be on the run from the government agents. She shows him a picture of four dead aliens- that's what they're after.
Oh, and apparently the "tree" air freshener company was sponsoring this movie- that must be why these fucking air fresheners keep showing up constantly?
So Leila and Otto get it on in the back seat in broad daylight after knowing each other for ten minutes?
The Malibu comes across the wire for the repo agency. $20 grand for it.