It's that time once again kids.
Fire up your favorite playback device and let's see what I found in the bargain bin at my local Big Lots.
This month's feature is Motorama.
Here's your trailer.
Let's start off with the bait and switch on the DVD cover. The tag line is "There's only one way to win the girl of your dreams: floor it!" Drew Barrymore's "dream girl" is superimposed across the horizon.
She would have been 15 or 16 when they shot this movie. Her character is on screen for all of about 2 minutes in a dream/hallucination sequence. That's NOT what this movie is about.
What this movie is about is messing with your head.
The opening credits play like the opening of a horror flick. Parents are arguing and an unseen kid is busily cobbling something together in the garage. There is lots of sawing and a lot of sparks as he does so.
He doesn't kill his parents. Instead, he makes a pair of lifts so he can reach the pedals of a car, boosts a vintage Mustang and hits the open road in search of "Motorama" tickets.
You see, in this alternate America, Motorama is a never ending game played at Chimera gas stations. Five bucks of gas gets you a handful of the tickets. Spell out Motorama and win $500 million.
That's all the motivation our underage hero needs.
Once you get your head in the right space, this turns into a pretty trippy little indie road flick. All of the guest stars mentioned in the trailer, and more, show up to help and/or hinder our hero as his odyssey takes him cross country, one step ahead of a persistent state trooper.
One interesting side note, the late Irwin Keyes appeared in this movie AND last month's Wrestlemaniac as a helpful gas station attendant.
As I was watching Motorama, I was put in mind of a couple of other indie flicks from the same time frame - Dudes and Lost Angels. Those movies set up their own reality and dealt with it on their own terms as well.
There are a lot worse ways to spend a couple of bucks and a couple of hours. Once you buy into Motorama, you're gonna want to stick around for the whole ride to see how it shakes out.
That's the last movie I had backlogged. Guess its time to shake out the couch cushions and go shopping.