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30 years later, is this movie ‘Rad’ or just bad?



Cast your mind back three decades to a time when BMX racing was considered … cool? Yes, so cool that they made a movie about it and it was called Rad.

Released on March 21, 1986, Rad is celebrating its 30th anniversary in appropriate style: Nobody is talking about it. The movie featured a teenaged BMX rider named Cru Jones (played by Bill Allen), who has to decide between the qualifying races for the infamous Helltrack race (where the winner scores $100k) or taking his SAT exames for college. To paraphrase that aging knight in The Last Crusade, Cru chooses poorly.

Anyway, fast forward to the finish and of course if all ends swimmingly for Cru, who will NOT be attending college anytime soon, but that’s okay because he’s rich now and just so “rad.”

If you think I’m being hard on Rad, you have no idea. On Rotten Tomatoes, Rad maintains a very impressive 0 percent rating. Yes, zero.

However, the audience score is 91 percent. And with a supporting cast that included Lori Loughlin (Secret Admirer), Talia Shire (Rocky) and Ray Walston (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), it’s more than a footnote in the ‘80s.


5. “Cru, just pretend you're in the lumber yard... go balls out.”

4. “Me and Katie are like... special.”

3. “This world would be a lot better off without kids!”

2. “God, what I wouldn't give to go a**-sliding with you right now.”

1. “Me, I ride for me.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:13am]


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