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One of those movies that helped usher out the era of action films that had plots that made any sense (and also helped reverse the direction of Patrick Swayze's career arc),Road Houseconcerns a handsome, existential bouncer in a rinky-dink honky-tonk who owns both a degree in philosophy and a Mercedes. And that's perhaps the most believable aspect of the whole movie. Swayze stars as Dalton, "the best bouncer in the business," who runs afoul of Wesley (Ben Gazzara), the meanest SOB round these parts, by taking up with his former girlfriend, Doc (Kelly Lynch)--the only woman in town with an IQ approaching double digits, even if she had unfathomably hooked up with such a lowlife. Swayze had complained about being typecast as beefcake when this was made, but that didn't stop him from revealing as much skin as possible--even guys like him, as revealed in a luridly seedy scene in which one of Wesley's goons tells Dalton that he reminds him of the kind of boyfriend he had in prison (albeit in much saltier terms). It's so insulting to its audience that it's nice to be able to turn the tables and laugh at the filmmakers.--David Kronke
"Be Nice.. Until It's Time To Not Be Nice." ("Road House:" Special Edition) It's been said before (and over and over in all the reviews here, so I won't bore you with the details why it's been said) but I'll say it again: "Roadhouse" is a great bad movie! I do find it funny that this one has earned that type of fond recollection by so many and turned into a cult hit of sorts because of it; while there are literally tons of these type of movies that littered the action/adventure landscape throughout the 80s and early 90s. Hardly any of them are even remembered much less revered to the extent "Roadhouse" is. I guess it's just one of those things. Maybe its because the movie has (at the time) bigger stars, a bigger budget and a larger abundance of gratuitous T&A than most theatrically released action flicks that bare a general resemblance to it (of course, you could find plenty of this type of thing lining the walls of your local Blockbuster, but even though they supply the action and nudity, they don't often supply the big stars and big budgets). Maybe it was just a matter of right place, right time, right amount of exposure, etc. Who knows; but whatever the reason, I'm glad enough this film has endured.
This special edition does its legacy as a winking-joke-unto-itself proud (Swayze's character is known as "the best bouncer in the business." Where was the annual bouncer convention of '89 held and how is the winner of that title determined?). The best reason to pick this up instead of the previous, bare-bones DVD transfer is the commentary tracks. The first is by the film's director, Rowdy Herrington, which is actually rather informative considering the source material being examined. But the real treat is the other commentary track by director and professional fanboy Kevin Smith and his production partner Scott Mossier. Not only is it a great commentary, but the very idea that the producers of this DVD saw it appropriate to include a commentary from someone who has nothing to do with making this movie shows that all involved are in on the joke. They should have just gone the full nine and held contest to find the ultimate, die hard "Roadhouse" fan and let him/her do the commentary. And I'd be willing to bet, somewhere, Quentin Tarrentino is pissed he didn't get a call (he loves contributing his two cents to cult films that he has nothing to do with other than being either a huge fan or hating the movie's guts - either way, always an entertaining commentator).
Now if only studio execs would get off their butts and release perhaps the only junk-action movie more loved and clamored for than this one: "Stone Cold." (It feels like that is the only movie ever made that has not made it to DVD, yet everyone seems to want it to be released, so what gives?! Since when aren't studios egger to cash in???) Give us a "Stone Cold" special edition and slap it in a two-pack with this classic and you'll have all the craptacular entertainment this side of the old school Steven Seagal flicks you'll ever need. Bring the wine! Because there is plenty of delicious cheese being served up here. Road House, starring Swayze at his top form, is a non-intended humorous, action packed movie. Everyone should watch it atleast once. The ridiculous acting, horrible dialogue, and complete flubs (blind guy wears digital watch, medical records state college education and majors) that are just awe-inspiring. Trust me, you'll love it...and you can always have a Patrick Swayze Christmas.Bar fights, glass flying, tough guys and wild women This movie is a bottom feeder. Yet, it's a good diversion with its action, bar fights, glass and fists flying. The music adds to the atmosphere of this film. Patrick Swayze plays the character who tries to clean up a wild night spot in a small town. Ben Gazzara plays well the evil bad guy who owns the town and the police. He has his own toughs to keep everyone in line. Sam Elliott plays the buddy from out of town who attempts to help Swayze's character out. Oh, what evil lurks in a small town! Anyway, there is plenty of action and it plays well on DVD.