History Film / AmericanGraffiti

17th Sep '16 6:40:32 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AuthorAppeal: Creator/GeorgeLucas was really into cars as a young man.
17th Sep '16 6:39:18 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorCameo: When Wolfman Jack makes an on-air prank call to Pinky's Pizza, the voice on the other end belongs to Creator/GeorgeLucas.
12th Aug '16 8:35:23 AM mlsmithca
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* BasedOnATrueStory / WriteWhatYouKnow: Creator/GeorgeLucas ' life as a teenage gearhead in Modesto.

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* BasedOnATrueStory / WriteWhatYouKnow: Creator/GeorgeLucas ' BasedOnATrueStory: Creator/GeorgeLucas' life as a teenage gearhead in Modesto.



* CoolCar: Pretty much all of them. Even Curt's Citroën, which is sort of presented as TheAllegedCar in the context of the film, looks impossibly boss at this late date.

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* CoolCar: CoolCar:
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Pretty much all of them. Even Curt's Citroën, which is sort of presented as TheAllegedCar in the context of the film, looks impossibly boss at this late date.



* EndOfAnEra: The film is happening just as TheSixties are rolling into view and TheFifties, with their cruising early rock-'n'-roll culture, are fading in the rearview mirror.

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* EndOfAnEra: EndOfAnEra:
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The film is happening just as TheSixties are rolling into view and TheFifties, with their cruising early rock-'n'-roll culture, are fading in the rearview mirror.



* [[spoiler:FakingTheDead]]: Toad, in ''More American Graffiti''.

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* [[spoiler:FakingTheDead]]: FakingTheDead: Toad, in ''More American Graffiti''.



* GloryDays: Milner, at age 20 or so, is already beginning to verge on this.
** Lampshaded by Steve when Curt expresses second thoughts about going to college: "Do you want to end up like John? You just can't stay seventeen forever."

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* GloryDays: Milner, at age 20 or so, is already beginning to verge on this. \n** Lampshaded by Steve when Curt expresses second thoughts about going to college: "Do you want to end up like John? You just can't stay seventeen forever."



* {{Irony}}: At the beginning of the film Steve is eager leave town and go away to college, while Curt is dragging his feet. But when the plane takes off the next morning, guess who's on it and who ends up staying behind?

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* {{Irony}}: {{Irony}}:
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At the beginning of the film Steve is eager leave town and go away to college, while Curt is dragging his feet. But when the plane takes off the next morning, guess who's on it and who ends up staying behind?



* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''John:''' You grungy little twerp.
-->'''Carol:''' Grungy?!?
** Not only that, but when the police pull him over, she threatens to tell them John raped her unless he apologizes for calling her grungy.

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* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''John:''' You grungy
ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When John calls Carol a "grungy little twerp.
-->'''Carol:''' Grungy?!?
** Not only that, but when
twerp," she objects to being called "grungy". When the police pull him over, she threatens to tell them John raped her unless he apologizes for calling her grungy.



** One notable featured act is Music/TheBeachBoys, whose "Surfin' Safari" is heard on the radio and even discussed by John and Carol. Showing the changing culture of the era, the jaded and older John hates their surf music and bemoans what has happened to rock and roll since the 1959 death of Music/BuddyHolly, while the younger Carol thinks they are "boss".
*** Ironically enough, many people nowadays tend to think of surf music (and by extension, all rock music from before UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion) as just another type of "'50s music" (when in reality there were only three surf songs released prior to 1960, and they were more like doo-wop anyway).

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** One notable featured act is Music/TheBeachBoys, whose "Surfin' Safari" is heard on the radio and even discussed by John and Carol. Showing the changing culture of the era, the jaded and older John hates their surf music and bemoans what has happened to rock and roll since the 1959 death of Music/BuddyHolly, while the younger Carol thinks they are "boss".
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"boss". Ironically enough, many people nowadays tend to think of surf music (and by extension, all rock music from before UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion) as just another type of "'50s music" (when in reality there were only three surf songs released prior to 1960, and they were more like doo-wop anyway).



* RandomEventsPlot / TwoLinesNoWaiting: After introducing the main characters, the movie follows them through their various individual experiences during the night, none of which have much to do with one another.

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* RandomEventsPlot / TwoLinesNoWaiting: RandomEventsPlot: After introducing the main characters, the movie follows them through their various individual experiences during the night, none of which have much to do with one another.



* ShoutOut: Milner's license plate number: "[[Film/THX1138 THX 138]]".

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Milner's license plate number: "[[Film/THX1138 THX 138]]".
19th Jul '16 5:18:12 PM wittylibrarian
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* BerserkButton: When Laurie rebuffs Steve's advances in the car, he irritatedly tells her, "Don't be so damn self-righteous with me, after all that stuff you told me about [[BigBrotherAttraction watching your brother]]." She doesn't react well.

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* BerserkButton: When Laurie rebuffs Steve's advances in the car, he irritatedly irritably tells her, "Don't be so damn self-righteous with me, after all that stuff you told me about [[BigBrotherAttraction watching your brother]]." She doesn't react well.



* TheHerosJourney: Seriously, if you follow Curt's storyline -- spending the entire night trying to find a beautiful mystery woman -- you'd be amazed at how closely it hews to Campbellian tropes. Up to and including the meeting with Wolfman Jack as a magus figure presiding over the teenage nightlife and who grants Curt the chance to meet that mystery woman.

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* TheHerosJourney: Seriously, if you follow Curt's storyline -- spending the entire night trying to find a beautiful mystery woman -- you'd be amazed at how closely it hews to Campbellian tropes. Up to and including the meeting with Wolfman Jack as a [[TheObiWan magus figure figure]] presiding over the teenage nightlife and who grants Curt the chance to meet that mystery woman.



-->'''Milner:''' You grungy little twerp.

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-->'''Milner:''' -->'''John:''' You grungy little twerp.



** Not only that, but when the police pull him over, she threatens to tell them Milner raped her unless he apologizes for calling her grungy.

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** Not only that, but when the police pull him over, she threatens to tell them Milner John raped her unless he apologizes for calling her grungy.



* LoveAtFirstSight: What happens to Curt when he sees that Blonde in the T-Bird... and she wordlessly mouths "I love you" to him. He then spends the rest of the night trying to find out why she said that, and if she ''meant'' it.



* MaltShop: Mel's Drive-In

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* MaltShop: Mel's Drive-InDrive-In.



** Curt becomes enamored with a mysterious Blond Girl in a T-Bird and spends the night tracking her down.

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** Curt Curt, despondent about leaving town for college and a future he can't grasp, becomes enamored with a mysterious Blond Blonde Girl in a T-Bird and spends the night tracking her down.
19th Jul '16 5:11:02 PM wittylibrarian
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** Curt becomes enamored with a mysterious Blond Girl in a T-Bird and spends the night tracking her down.
** Steve gets into a fight with his girlfriend Laurie (who is also Curt's sister) about their impending separation as he's due to leave for college in the northeast US and she's stuck for another year of high school in California.
** Steve loans out his stylish car (an Impala) to Toad for the night, with the promise of letting the Toad "borrow" it while Steve is away at college. Toad promptly loses the car while trying to impress a local girl Debbie, and the two spend the night in various misadventures trying to steal the car back.
** John heads out for another night of cruising "the strip" to find guys daring to drag race his hot rod. Trying to get a girl to ride with him, he inadvertally gets stuck with a dorky 12-year-old girl Carol who quickly gets on his nerves. He then runs into out-of-towner Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford!) who's eager to challenge John to a race, but wary cops and having Carol in the car puts a hold on that plan...
19th Jul '16 4:53:45 PM wittylibrarian
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** The oldest of the four guys - John - ends up with the youngest girl during the night.


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* MayDecemberRomance: It starts off creepy and wrong, but the relationship that builds between John and Carol ends up being genuine. Unfortunately, [[BittersweetEnding both of them know their age difference]] means it would never work out.


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* ShroudedInMyth: The Blonde in the T-Bird. Everyone Curt runs into seems to have seen or heard of her, but none of them can give an honest answer of who she really is.
1st Jul '16 7:34:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheHerosJourney: Seriously, if you follow Curt's storyline -- spending the entire night trying to find a beautiful mystery woman -- you'd be amazed at how closely it hews to Campbellian tropes. Up to and including the meeting with Wolfman Jack as a [[TheObiWan magus figure]] presiding over the teenage nightlife and who grants Curt the chance to meet that mystery woman.

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* TheHerosJourney: Seriously, if you follow Curt's storyline -- spending the entire night trying to find a beautiful mystery woman -- you'd be amazed at how closely it hews to Campbellian tropes. Up to and including the meeting with Wolfman Jack as a [[TheObiWan magus figure]] figure presiding over the teenage nightlife and who grants Curt the chance to meet that mystery woman.
2nd May '16 8:54:27 AM Mdumas43073
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* DraftDodging: Possibly hinted at with [[spoiler:Curt]] in the epilogue.
2nd May '16 8:46:46 AM Mdumas43073
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* {{Irony}}: At the beginning of the film Steve is eager to leave town and go away to college, while Curt is dragging his feet. But when the eastbound plane takes off the next morning, guess who's on it and who ends up staying behind?

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* {{Irony}}: At the beginning of the film Steve is eager to leave town and go away to college, while Curt is dragging his feet. But when the eastbound plane takes off the next morning, guess who's on it and who ends up staying behind?
2nd May '16 8:46:12 AM Mdumas43073
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* {{Irony}}: At the beginning of the film Steve is eager to leave town and go away to college, while Curt is dragging his feet. But when the plane takes off the following morning, it's Curt who ends up being the only one on it.

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* {{Irony}}: At the beginning of the film Steve is eager to leave town and go away to college, while Curt is dragging his feet. But when the eastbound plane takes off the following next morning, it's Curt guess who's on it and who ends up being the only one on it.staying behind?
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