History YMMV / AmericanGraffiti

27th Jan '17 9:10:25 PM wittylibrarian
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** Fifties nostalgia, now old hat, was still a pretty novel subject for a film in 1973.

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** Fifties nostalgia, now old hat, was still [[NostalgiaFilter a pretty novel subject subject]] for a film in 1973.
22nd Jan '17 10:14:25 AM Pren
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** Although his God-like voice is present throughout the movie as background chatter, Wolfman Jack's actual appearance at the end - offering Popsicles and wisdom - counts.

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** Although his God-like voice is present throughout the movie as background chatter, Wolfman Jack's actual appearance at the end - offering Popsicles and wisdom - counts. It was even more so at the time, as his appearance was the first time his legions of fans got to see what he looked like after two decades of his radio show.
17th Dec '16 3:23:28 AM DeadlyAssassin
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* RetroactiveRecognition: For a big chunk of the cast.
2nd Dec '16 6:15:47 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HilariousInHindsight: Steve's remark about Laurie's BigBrotherAttraction, when you realize this film is made by the same guy responsible for the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, [[TheEmpireStrikesBack one of which]] is infamous for a passionate kiss between Luke and Leia [[ReturnOfTheJedi before they find out they're siblings.]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: Steve's remark about Laurie's BigBrotherAttraction, when you realize this film is made by the same guy responsible for the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, [[TheEmpireStrikesBack [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack one of which]] is infamous for a passionate kiss between Luke and Leia [[ReturnOfTheJedi [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi before they find out they're siblings.]]
22nd Oct '16 1:35:35 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* NightmareFuel: For a nostalgic comedy, the film has a few genuinely creepy scenes.
** Milner and Carol's visit to the auto graveyard.
** Toad and Debbie's walk through the woods, where she tells him about the "[[SerialKiller goat killer]]" that's supposedly loose in the area.
** Curt's mission to hook up the cable to the police cruiser's axle is accompanied by eerily-distorted train sounds.
* OneSceneWonder: Suzanne Somers as the Blonde in the T-Bird. All she does is mouth "I love you" at the camera and fans have been wondering about her character ever since.

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* NightmareFuel: For a nostalgic comedy, the film has a few genuinely creepy scenes.
OneSceneWonder:
** Milner and Carol's visit to the auto graveyard.
** Toad and Debbie's walk through the woods, where she tells him about the "[[SerialKiller goat killer]]" that's supposedly loose in the area.
** Curt's mission to hook up the cable to the police cruiser's axle is accompanied by eerily-distorted train sounds.
* OneSceneWonder:
Suzanne Somers as the Blonde in the T-Bird. All she does is mouth "I love you" at the camera and fans have been wondering about her character ever since.
22nd Oct '16 1:33:57 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: The radio station's night manager [[spoiler: really Wolfman Jack]] having a conversation with Curt about about going back to college - and getting out into the world - encouraging the young man to enjoy life while he can. Also constantly offering Curt a Popsicle as a kind of sacred offering.
** And offering to get Curt's message to the Wolfman so he can get it out there to the Girl in the T-Bird. [[spoiler:Which he promptly does as Curt looks back and realizes what just happened.]]
** What started off as an embarrassing prank on John - tricking him into babysitting the way-too-young Carol - ends up as a chaste romance as the two bond during the night's cruising. [[BittersweetEnding Although they both know in the end]] that the age difference between them would make it impossible for a real relationship to work.
* DawsonCasting: The only exception is for Mackenzie Phillips, who was 12 at the time of filming and played a 13 year old girl.
19th Jul '16 5:23:50 PM wittylibrarian
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** What started off as an embarrassing prank on Milner - tricking him into babysitting the way-too-young Carol - ends up as a chaste romance as the two bond during the night's cruising. [[BittersweetEnding Although they both know in the end]] that the age difference between them would make it impossible for a real relationship to work.

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** What started off as an embarrassing prank on Milner John - tricking him into babysitting the way-too-young Carol - ends up as a chaste romance as the two bond during the night's cruising. [[BittersweetEnding Although they both know in the end]] that the age difference between them would make it impossible for a real relationship to work.



* OneSceneWonder: Suzanne Somers as the Blonde in the T-Bird.

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* OneSceneWonder: Suzanne Somers as the Blonde in the T-Bird. All she does is mouth "I love you" at the camera and fans have been wondering about her character ever since.
** Although his God-like voice is present throughout the movie as background chatter, Wolfman Jack's actual appearance at the end - offering Popsicles and wisdom - counts.
1st Jul '16 6:52:40 PM wittylibrarian
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* AwardSnub: Averted when it was nominated for five Oscars - Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Editing, and Best Supporting Actress for Candy Clark - but played straight when it lost all five. Granted, it was the same year ''TheSting'' came out.
1st Jul '16 6:44:11 PM wittylibrarian
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* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: The radio station's night manager [[spoiler: really Wolfman Jack]] having a conversation with Curt about about going back to college - and getting out into the world - encouraging the young man to enjoy life while he can. Also constantly offering Curt a Popsicle as a kind of sacred offering.
** And offering to get Curt's message to the Wolfman so he can get it out there to the Girl in the T-Bird. [[spoiler:Which he promptly does as Curt looks back and realizes what just happened.]]
** What started off as an embarrassing prank on Milner - tricking him into babysitting the way-too-young Carol - ends up as a chaste romance as the two bond during the night's cruising. [[BittersweetEnding Although they both know in the end]] that the age difference between them would make it impossible for a real relationship to work.
27th Jan '16 7:05:44 PM mlsmithca
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* MagnumOpus: Creator/GeorgeLucas ''thought'' this award-winner would be his. After this movie's success gave him official cred as a real movie producer, ''Franchise/StarWars'' was a fun "throw-away" project nobody (including him) expected to have more than a niche audience. The narration in original trailer for ''Film/ANewHope'' called Lucas "the man who brought you ''American Graffiti''".



* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Fifties nostalgia, now old hat, was still a pretty novel subject for a film in 1973.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: SeinfeldIsUnfunny:
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Fifties nostalgia, now old hat, was still a pretty novel subject for a film in 1973.



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