Genre Guesstimation – The Hollywood Knights (1980)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Amanda of Hollywood Consumer and we will be reviewing our favorite L.A. Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to la_amanda@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Amanda!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of L.A. Films.

“Everything changes, you know that. Nothing stays the same. ” – Smitty

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 80’s and 7 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – On Halloween night 1965, a group of high schoolers cause havoc in the city as they cause prank after prank.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw once years ago yet didn’t remember anything about it.

When Amanda chose this theme for this month, I decided that this film was a great choice to check out once again.

This is such a fun film that finds a way to capture the feel of the time and place of the mid 1960’s in L.A.

The one drawback of this film is that it feels too much like a mixture of American Grafitti (1973) and Animal House (1978) yet fails to be as iconic or as fresh as either of them.

The cast of this film is great and it’s filled with lots of (not yet) famous faces that are great to see pop up.

Michelle Pfeiffer, Tony Danza, Robert Wuhl, Fran Drescher, Sandy Helberg and Stuart Pankin all create some great characters and lets us enjoy everything that they do.

It’s too bad that they all get to only shine in small roles since this film is truly ensemble in nature and doesn’t focus on any of them specifically.

The pranks that the characters play in this film fit the entire range of comedy and some are superb, some ok, some completely miss their target and others seem too juvenile for their own good.

This film does a great job tho of transporting us back in time to a time and place that seems much more innocent, despite the fact that it really wasn’t.

Bottom Line – Really fun film that is able to capture of the feel of the time and place.  It unfortunately seems to be too much of a mix between American Grafitti (1973) and Animal House (1978) which doesn’t allow it to feel fresh enough. The cast is superb and is filled with lots of (not yet) famous faces that are quite familiar to see. Pfeiffer, Danza, Wuhl, Dresher, Helberg and Pankin are all fun to watch even if most of them have limited screen time due to the ensemble nature of this story. The pranks that they pull are sometimes good, sometimes great and sometime a bit too juvenile for their own good. The time and place is recreated really well and they are able to transport us back to that seemingly more innocent time. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The character of Dudley, who is supposed to be an 18 year old senior in high school, was played by Stuart Pankin, who was 33 years old at the time of filming. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. This is a really fun film, but isn’t as good as some of the other “teen” or college comedies of the time.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – The Hollywood Knights (1980)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur October Finale – Hollywoodland (2006) – Hollywood Consumer | MovieRob

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