Hollywood Knights (1980)

“Somebody farted his way around the gym at show time.”

In the cult comedy film, Hollywood Knights, it’s Halloween night 1965, and it’s the last night for Tubby’s drive-in–a popular hangout in Hollywood. The drive-in is being demolished to make way for a brand new shopping centre. The snotty Beverly Hills Residents Association is delighted to lose this “social disease” but the car club–the Hollywood Knights–plans to make this last night at Tubby’s as memorable as possible.

Hollywood Knights is a delightfully good-natured comedy film that follows the misadventures of various characters. New pledges to the Hollywood Knights are dumped naked in Los Angeles. Their task is to get a request played for Tubby’s on a local radio station and return to the drive-in at 2 am. Prankster Newbomb Turk (Robert Wuhl) sabotages the Beverly Hills Halloween party, causes a riot at Beverly Hills High School, and harasses two incompetent policemen–Officers Bimbo and Clark assigned to keep an eye on the drive-in for its last night of business.

This is a wonderful comedy film that has stood the test of time and still has the capacity to make me laugh years later. An outstanding 60s soundtrack accompanies the fun. Look for a very young Michelle Pfeiffer who appears as a carhop with dreams of becoming an actress. Apart from some great laughs, there’s a feeling of bittersweet nostalgia. It’s the eve of Jimmy’s (Gary Graham) shipment to Vietnam. While others assure him that he’ll “get the experience of a lifetime”, we know that Jimmy’s fate will not be pretty. This is the passing of a buoyant era, and the demise of Tubby’s is symbolic of its end. Hollywood Knights is one of those marvelous 80s comedies that should not be missed. From director Floyd Mutrux.

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