A "What'dya Got?"
attitude and Rockabilly guitar licks can only mean one thing: 50's rebel
was John Travolta's pre-Tarantino attempt at a comeback in 1991, and
1994's Roadracers was a made-for-cable cheapie done by Quentin's
pal Robert Rodriguez between El
Mariachi and Desperado.
Through sheer will-power,
Shout manages to rise above the clichÈd "troubled boys in reform
school discover Rock and Roll with the help of ultra cool band director"
plot line. It becomes instead that bizarre brand of picture enjoyable
partially in spite of and partially because of the sheer unoriginality
of all of the material. Besides Travolta, the film's cast includes former
90210 rocker Jamie Walters, a pre-Boogie
Cowboy Heather Graham, femme in black Linda Fiorentino, and
Academy Award Winner Gwyneth Paltrow in a thankfully silent role.
David Arquette and Salma Hayek fill out the lead roles of teen lovers
who can't find peace in a square small town. Keep an eye out for the
great sidekick character of The Nixer (John Hawkes); Rodriguez fans
will remember him as the liquor store clerk store who gets toasted in
the opening of From
Dusk 'Till Dawn.
Both pictures are
rockabilly rebel flicks complete with hard-ass sheriffs out to get the
boys who just want to play that devil music. Beautifully photographed
and earnestly acted, Shout embodies the guilty pleasures of B-movies,
while Roadracers' young performers benefit from masterful cutting
by Rodriguez. So smoke an unfiltered Lucky Strike, comb your pomp up
high and settle in for a night of 50's teen-rebel angst.
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