American Graffiti ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Wonderful music, beautiful set pieces and four distinct and engaging arcs (along with a spattering of racism and rape jokes) makes American Graffiti really feel like a time capsule of a coming of age on the precipice of its demise.
Ronny Howard truly wins the asshole prize while the other main dudes build some character throughout their night of cruising. The women in the film are all relatively well developed and interesting despite their unifying purpose of giving the four guys direction or inspiration for reflection. 
Overall, this film is a funny and reflective time regardless of one’s nostalgia for the 60s. I’ll certainly watch it again with greater appreciation for the masterful weaving of the different stories with music and general pacing/plotting, especially considering the end title cards.