Corvette Summer

1978, Movie, PG, 105 mins

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An unfortunate title makes this sound like just another California-blonde movie, and that hurt at the box office. Creative team of Barwood and Robbins have fashioned a sweet comedrama about a teenager, ably played by Hamill, who goes after a car that's been stolen. Roche (the Ajax Man in the TV commercials) is the shop teacher at a high school, whose class has lovingly restored a Corvette only to have it stolen. Hamill is picked up by adorable Potts, a fledgling hooker attempting to learn her trade in the rear of a van equipped with a water bed. The writer and director manage to integrate several plot lines into the movie; Roche is squeezed between a teacher's salary and a family man's obligations, and he gets involved with a hot-car ring in order to support his clan. Milford runs the warm-auto business and attempts to enlist Hamill into the field. Potts tries to make a go of being a prostitute, but it just doesn't work as she and Hamill fall in love. All in all a very funny movie with enough solid, believable story to take it beyond the realm of teenage summer fare. leave a comment

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