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Repo Man

A cult movie from 1984

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Watching something different is part of the Repo Code.

  • Jun 23, 2009
Repo Man is...a comedy?  No wait, it's got some drama in it, so Drama?  Or is it an action/adventure style movie?  Sci Fi? Where would you find it in a rental store?  I'm guessing comedy since it's funny and has more laughs then the other three genre's I mentioned.  It's got a cult following but when it was being made, I don't think anyone knew this as it's impossible to know what will work and what won't as a cult film.  Samuel L Jackson and his mo**er fu**ing snakes on his mo**er fu**ing plane found this out.

Repo Man is the truest definition of what you watch when you don't know what else to watch since it's that different.  It can satisfy just about any need in the regard of the genres I mentioned above.  Maybe Repo Man is an aphrodesiac in that regard of satisfaction.

Repo Man takes place in the early 80's LA where we find Otto a punk with a dorky friend and a lame job where his boss haragngs him about piddly stuff.  Needing to find some focus in his life, he runs into the best possible outlet for making movies awesome....Harry Dean Stanton, who tricks Otto into helping him reposess a car.  Otto quickly learns that he and Harry's friends are repo men and quickly leaves to go home only to learn that his parents while stones out of their heads donated Otto's money to a televangelist for sending bibles across the world.  Now needing a job, Otto becomes a repo man.

Otto learns all the ins and outs about Repo Men such as not harming the vehicle he reposeses, taking a lot of speed and how to handle yourself when the owners of cars might not like they're cars being taken among other important lessons.  Government officials however start to get involved when a mysterious Chevy Malibu shows up on a wanted list with a hot tag attached to it.  Why is the car so important?  Because theres aliens in the trunk of course!

I can't really think of anything wrong with Repo Man other then it tries to be several different things but doesn't stand out as any of them other then like I said, a comedy.

The characters are terrific, the infamous Rodrigeuez brothers enemy of all real Repo Men, Otto the babyfaced punk, Harry Dean Statnton's Bud character who knows the ins and outs of the Repo World, Sy Richardson's Lite a subsitute teacher of sorts for Otto and Tracy Walter in a strange little role who knows the value of air fresheners and John Wayne's secrets.

Repo Man doesn't blow you away but still needs to be seen to be believed.  Thats always nice when a movie doens't hype the hell out of itself and you accept what you see as decent.  More movies should follow this guideline, just Watch and see.
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review by . August 27, 2012
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***1/2 out of ****    "The life of a repo man is always intense" says Harry Dean Stanton as Bud in one of the most prolific scenes from the Alex Cox cult favorite "Repo Man". The film, which is not really about Bud but more-so about the life and career of a kid that he brings into the trade of repossessing stolen cars, jumps from one whacky idea to another; eventually bordering on perplexing. It remains complicated and intriguing throughout yet never really gains our trust until …
review by . April 01, 2008
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