The sights and sounds of the '60s. There were bittersweet times. There were funny times. And it was all unforgettable.
College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late '60s.
College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late '60s.
Candy Clark Bo Hopkins Ron Howard Paul Le Mat Mackenzie Phillips Charles Martin Smith Richard Bradford Rosanna Arquette Anna Bjorn Scott Glenn James Houghton Joe Brent Mary Kay Place Doug Sahm Monica Tenner Ralph Wilcox Carol Ann Williams Cindy Williams Wolfman Jack Tom Ruben Will Seltzer Harrison Ford
American Graffiti, la suite, Noch mehr American Graffiti, American Graffiti 2 - More American Graffiti (1979)
Perversely, I like this (a tiny bit) better than the original, which has always struck me as charming but slight. Norton, who's clearly a far better director than Lucas (I'm very curious about Cisco Pike now), also has a lot more on his mind—indeed, I wouldn't hesitate to rank this among the most ambitious and innovative sequels ever made, even if it bites off considerably more than it can chew. Debbie's section is both the most formally adventurous—split-screen has rarely been employed with such exacting attention paid to the direction of movement in competing frames; to guiding the viewer's eye; to compositional balance—and the most apparently frivolous. The other three parallel narratives toy productively with our expectations while remaining…
I think this might have been unfairly treated a little bit.
The film is very different from American Graffiti and I understand why people looking for a similar film would be disappointed with More American Graffiti but it's better than the 22% on RT.
The photography by Caleb Deschanel in this is way better and much more interesting than the original. The use of different aspect ratios and unique editing were probably a little jarring in 1979 but when watching it now it's just comes off as well done and interesting. I'd be interested to hear how much of it was done by Marcia Lucas.
The content of the film is much darker than the original and to me felt…
Wow, did not realize Scott Glenn was the bass player for the legendary Strawberry Prunes.
I was not expecting this half-remembered follow-up to a stone-cold classic to be anywhere near as interesting or ambitious or compelling as it is. Look for an upcoming essay on this singular sequel during American Graffiti week over at The Dissolve.
It's pointless of me to point out that More American Graffiti obviously isn't up there with its predecessor, but I'd be willing to argue that it's a very underrated and overlooked follow-up that didn't deserve the scorn that it received back in 1979, as it furthers the characters we knew and loved from the original in compelling ways and even offers some surprising visual ambition, making effective use of split-screen and multiple different aspect ratios.
More American Graffiti presents a jarring change from the original in terms of both narrative structure and visual treatment; unfortunately it is also missing its entertainment value and warmth, even if much of the original cast is back. For what it's worth, the usage of split screen and different film stock types for each of the narrative strands is a solid creative achievement, and well beyond a gimmick, but the stories being told seem to take forever to actually get going, and are tonally all over the place. By the end I had settled in well enough with the characters, but it was rough getting there. I speculate there might have been an attempt to cash in on National Lampoon's Animal House, but the hijinks here are rather joyless.
Sequel to the classic George Lucas coming of age comedy is a lesser film than its predecessor, yet it still manages to be entertaining and have some good laughs throughout. The highlight of the film is of course that most the cast of the original film have come back for this follow up, however, the film does struggle a bit in trying to find an angle. Yet it's completely understandable because Lucas' American Graffiti is such a great film and so iconic too. More American Graffiti is not an awful film, and it is quite funny and entertaining, with that being said, it is quite hard at following up a great film like American Graffiti.
The filmmakers did what they…
My memories of this during its original release (I really liked it) exceeded the experience of this second viewing many years later. It's really just kinda okay and uneven with some parts being really fun and interesting. Points for filming the four stories in various styles.
Basically attempts to comment on all aspects of '60s culture at the same time, and fails to make much of an impact at all.
"It's American Graffiti, but this time it's the 60's!" What is the point (other than making money) of reuniting us with these characters only to show us failing marriages, stock footage of Vietnam, and What's-His-Face eating a bag of weed? Good music though.
As the sequel to what is in my opinion the greatest film ever made, I had a lot of trepidation going into More American Graffiti. After finally sitting down and watching it I'm shocked to find it not only worthy of it's predecessor but in and of itself an incredibly smart and well-made film continuing to chronicle these characters through the '60s. Is it necessary: no, the original speaks for itself, but it certainly doesn't hurt it. Extrapolates on the deep melancholy of the original while excaserbating it's slapstick. I really liked it.
I would've loved to have seen continuing films in this series, following these characters through the twists and turns of the 20th century. Hell; I'd love to see one made now. Pick up with this group in 2005, as out of touch boomers in a post-9/11 world. Get on it Disney.
I was really surprised.
Prior to watching this movie I didn’t hear anything good about it, but apart from the sections where the split screens are really useless and annoying, I really enjoyed it.
The only thing is: it doesn’t really deliver as a sequel to the first movie. There is no thematic connection to its predecessor which is kind of sad since the first movie has a certain spirit that this movie clearly fails to capture.
So in the end I would say it’s nice to see more of the original characters, but one shouldn’t expect any more connections to the first movie, but rather a mostly entertaining take on the mid-60s.
I've held off on this film for a while because the original is one of my favorite films of all time. It's definitely not a film that fits it's reputation of being a bad film. It's incredibly different from the original. The only similarities between the two are the characters themselves and music. Lots and lots of music.
The technical side of this film is what makes this watchable and quite interesting. The film intercuts four different time periods and they use different aspect ratios and editing styles as a way to make sure you aren't confused by what year you are in. Honestly, it works quite well. It feels like they realized they couldn't replicate the original, so they…
absolutely nothing like the original, but it’s suprisingly well done for such a universally panned sequel? the shifting aspect ratios, masking, and split frames were pretty cool but i think the film’s major downfall is the amount of focus it places on new characters at the expense of og fan favourites. carol deserved so much better and the dynamic between her and john now that they’re both adults should have had more screentime because they were by far the most engaging subplot of the original. i feel like this is perhaps better viewed as a stand-alone so that the bad taste of unmet expectations can be left out of the viewing experience.