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147 Ratings

Used Cars

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
United States, 1980


When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it’s up to the lot’s hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner’s ruthless brother and used-car rival.

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Used Cars Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Critics reviews

It is a manic movie involving running gags throughout that had me on the floor. For the entire time. And I’m still laughing. It never stops. It is a masterpiece of its kind. It is also a movie that could never be made today. It’s sexist, it’s so cynical it’s a Black Hole of amorality, it features gratuitous nudity, it’s offensive, there are no heroes, no lessons, no good guys, and Used Cars doesn’t see any problem with any of that, and not only that, it finds rampant amorality hilarious.
January 24, 2016
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Brazenly riotous, and self-aware, Used Cars refuses to believe “this country’s gone to the dogs,” as Jack Warden’s villain states. It does however embrace a brand of heroism that gives no fucks. Maybe a little positive irresponsibility can make America great again.
September 30, 2015
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For once a comedy in the Animal House school that knows what it’s was about: the vulgarity of the gags matches the vulgarity of the subject, and this 1980 film becomes a fierce, cathartically funny celebration of the low, the cheap, the venal—in short, America. Most of the time, I didn’t know whether to laugh or shudder, and I ended up doing a lot of both.
July 01, 1980
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