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Dragstrip Girl Review


Bad
You could make a worse movie than Dragstrip Girl, but you'd really have to try awful hard. The story: Bad Hispanic boy (Raymond Cruz) falls for good rich white girl (Natasha Gregson Wagner), with tragic consequences that play out over a backdrop of 1950s amateur drag racing. Will their love be able to overcome the enormous obstacles -- namely, that he's a car thief and she's a cheerleader -- or will society crush their budding romance?

Who cares!? This movie is so bad that the ending (which, by the way, is just about the worst part of the film) slips out of mind as soon as the disc pops out of your DVD player. Made for TV way back in 1994 and only now getting its DVD and home video release because Wagner and Cruz have become minor stars, you won't see any hint of the performing ability you might find from them today, simply because the story is so poorly written it couldn't have been saved by Cary Grant. Just about the only joy to be found in the film is from a grizzled Traci Lords, playing the hooker next door whom our scruffy hero likes to spy on through the enormous hole in the wall.

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Pumping Iron Review


Very Good
It's a living, breathing freakshow in Pumping Iron, as George Butler and Robert Fiore track Arnold Schwarzenegger during his final run for Mr. Olympia along with those that would challenge him, including a young Lou Ferrigno. It's part a personality piece, part a look into the creepy-as-hell world of bodybuilding. To hear the future governer wax about his veins, the ladies, posing, pumping, and various bodily functions is nothing short of bizarre. Recommended -- not so much for its insight, but more in a Rocky Horror sort of way.
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