Used Cars -- Allen, Beacon Mall, Crofton Cinema, Dale Cinema, Fair City Mall, Hampton Mall, K-B Cerbeerus, Laurel Cinema, Lincoln, Marlow, Mclean Cinema, Mercado, Riverdale Plaza, Roth's Seven Locks, State, Towncenter Sterling and Village Mall.
Scene from a TV commercial: An unctous usedcar salesman, resplendent in plaid polyester, strolls through his lot, gesturing at this car and that with a high-powered rifle. "Is that a Mercedes 420 SL selling for $4,000? That's too f-----g high!" he says merrily, shooting out the windows,
For a terrible movie, "Used Cars" certainly has its moments. Anyone braving the sleezy ad campaign will be treated to some wonderfully funny gibes at a larger-than-life target: the used-car-industry. The question is, do a few moments of satire justify an hour and a half of naked ladies, car stunts and chase scenes? That's what most of this movie consists of.
Of course, the subject matter isn't exactly inspirational, either. Kurt Russell (Elvis Presley in the TV movie "Elvis") plays a corrupt state senator. He needs to raise $100,000 to buy his way into office. Jack Warden plays his kindly boss, who's on probation for consumer fruad. Deborah Harmon plays the boss' daughter, who's returned from 10 years in a religious cult to take over the family business.
These are the good guys.
"Used Cars" was written, directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, who, along with their mentor Steven Speilberg, were responsible for such miserable flops as "1941" and "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." They still haven't learned that no amount of outrageousness can substitute for wit. Used-car lots and the people who run them were satireized much more effetively in the low-key movie "Breaking Away" -- and with a lot more class.