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Breaking Away by Thomas
June 23, 2012, 7:11 pm
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A teenager in a college town decides that he’s an Italian bicyclist, much to the chagrin of his comically exasperated parents.  Coming of age in the 70’s in Indiana creates a whole heap of adolescent angst and class conflict — damn you, rich college kids! — but it also spurs teenage antics  and, of course, a skillfully shot sports triumph. Required viewing.

Breaking Away


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Having recently been informed that “Required Viewing” is an actual imperative, not just a rating, I watched this movie. It was good. That Dad sure was comically exasperated, but I liked the overall theme (hint: it has something to do with “breaking away”).

Comment by William

“Refund? Refund??” But yeah, glad you liked it. I always think of it as one of the best “coming of age” movies out there.

Comment by Thomas

Yeah, actually one thing I didn’t like about the movie, after some reflection, was how dishonest the dad is in his business dealings. I mean, what’s the point? When he was young he worked hard and honestly at the quarry, and now he is a sleazy used car salesman. Why? Is that what working class life is all about?

Comment by William

I see what you mean. The writers had to give Dave something concrete to rebel against, so I think that’s why they chose to put his dad in a reprehensible profession. But couldn’t they have just given him a boring office job instead of making him a used car salesman, the worst stereotype around? It would have been just as effective and, as we all know, just as awful for his poor dad. But I guess you would sacrifice a few moments of broad humor, such as when he says “refund” a lot. (hint: I like that part.)

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