ROAD HOUSE [1989] movie review

May 30, 2013 · Print This Article

What makes ROAD HOUSE [1989] a preposterous movie to me is that Patrick Swayze’s tough guy super fit philosopher bouncer character, Dalton, spends most of the movie smoking. We see numerous scenes of him working out, doing thai chi, etc yet most scenes he is not doing that he is smoking. It just does not go with his character at all and kept ruining the movie for me. Then again, there are enough classic lines like, “pain don’t hurt,” to make the 2-hour running time at least somewhat entertaining if even in unintentional ways.

It seems that the best coolers are well known on the bar scene as a bar owner actively seeks out Dalton to come clean up his own dive bar. Waitresses in bars in other states seem to know Dalton’s reputation as well. Who knew.

The Double Deuce cannot possibly really exist outside of the movie world. Our first visit inside shows constant fist fights, knives being pulled and women going topless. Are there no cops in this town?

Dalton lays down the law on his style of cleaning up a bar and as he starts to exert his will, this is the most enjoyable part of the movie. He even conveniently meets a hot blonde doctor (Kelly Lynch) that staples a fresh wound. He rejects the local as of course pain don’t hurt.

Then someone rich enough to have his own helicopter we are lead to believe lives in this town in the middle of nowhere and made enough money off of milking the local town businesses to support such a lifestyle! Really, the story of ROAD HOUSE is just like that of many classic westerns, one powerful rancher owns most of the land and is always putting the squeeze on the little guys and basically runs the town. Then a gunman with some honor comes into town and challenges him. That is Dalton, except he just uses his fists.

The violence between the rich businessman and Dalton escalates to surprising levels. Thankfully there was a throwaway line saying that all the police were in the pocket of the rich guy at least somehow justifying a storyline where people get killed and no police ever show up.

Watch out for knife tipped boots, that’s what I learned from ROAD HOUSE, and also to be nice first, then take it outside if necessary. HBO has been showing this movie paired with POINT BREAK, which I watched a few weeks ago. POINT BREAK remains an actual action classic, but ROAD HOUSE does not hold up, if it ever did.


One Response to “ROAD HOUSE [1989] movie review”

  1. on March 9th, 2017 2:20 AM

    Superior thinking demnostrated above. Thanks!


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