Road House (1989)

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Road House 1989Starring: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

Written By: David Lee Henry, Hilary Henkin

Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 54 min

Two Cents:

Road House is a terrible film. But I love it! Accidental art is what it is. Assembled by people honestly trying to make a great Swayze action film (funny). Luckily, they managed to screw it up in just the right way that it became a cult classic. It’s just hysterical. The 80’s fashions. The ridiculous plot. A monster truck. The MULLETS! So many Mullets. It’s awesome!

I think it’s actually impossible to deliberately set out to make a movie like this. True cult movies are never manufactured. They just emerge out of an honest attempt to make the best film possible. Road House is just so flawed, yet has that crucial earnestness that secured the loyalty of a legion of fans (Road Heads) for decades after the film was first released.

Movie Prep:

This film is bad, but with the right approach you’re going to love it. First, make the watching of this movie an event! Invite some people over, and turn your living room into the Double Deuce (the bar in the movie). Paper coasters. Little plastic cups for snacks, and plenty of alcohol. Note: The Double Deuce only allowed people 21 and over into their establishment so you should do the same. Also, if you know some smokers, ask them for some nice full ash trays to really nail the Deuce ombience. Oh, and this has to be a fancy dress event. 80’s attire – 80’s HAIR! All of the male attendees to your Road House party have to be sporting mullets! No mullet, no movie!

As part of your prep, Google – “Road House drinking games”. I’ve included a link to get you started at the bottom of this post. Create a list of “must drink when’s” and make sure your guests understand the rules before you start the film.

Most of all. Have a fun time, and don’t hold me accountable if your place gets trashed! 🙂

Best Format:

See movie prep. Make sure you have a TV big enough for everyone to see.

Best line:

There’s some special dialog in this film. Dalton (Patrick Swayze): Pain don’t hurt.

References: IMDBRotten TomatoesRoad House Drinking Game!


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