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Little hand says it's time to rock and roll: Greatest non-'80s movie in history turns 20 years old




The whole Stuck in the '80s thing isn't how I live my entire life, you know. The other two hours of each day, I spend it watching 1991's Point Break.

And let's face it. Isn't Point Break really just the first '80s movie of the '90s? It had Keanu "Be excellent to each other" Reeves in his first big role. It had Gary Busey, who I would never claim as an '80s icon (but he was great in Lethal Weapon and D.C. Cab). And Point Break has Patrick Freakin' Swayze in his BEST ROLE EVER.

Seriously, nobody puts Bodhi in the corner.

We can live another three lifetimes and not find a movie as much fun as Point Break. And this week, it turns 20 YEARS OLD. Life sure has a sick sense of humor, as Swayze's character says.

"The legacy of Point Break has many components playing into it," Entertainment Weekly points out in an article this week. "It is remorselessly over-the-top, with more than enough camp to make it a 'watch with your friends and drink' kind of film. But the quality of the filmmaking is so high and the acting so colorful and fun, Point Break has established itself over the years a truly unique classic in the action film genre."

So what they're trying to say, Brah, is that surfing's the source. (Seriously, I can't stop quoting it.)

"Much of the success of Point Break lies with its leads," EW continues. "By no means is either actor stretching to fit his role — Reeves is an aloof but worthy adversary, and Swayze is the hardened zen master — but their serious performances still ground an otherwise ridiculous premise. By the end of the film, it’s obvious why Swayze was one of the leading men of the ’80s, and why Reeves went on to super-stardom."

Critics seem to get it too. Roger Ebert gave it 3 1/2 stars, writing: "This is some California movie, all right. The plot description ... could work just as easily for The Naked Gun 3 1/2 as for Point Break, which takes it deadly seriously, even after adding several other preposterous developments like a guy who gets so mad, he jumps out of a plane without a parachute, free-falls until he can tackle a guy who has one, and then holds a gun to his head."

I know. You know you watch this movie so bad it's like acid in your mouth. But, not this time. Not til you get home anyway. And not until you read this morning's top 5 list.


10. "Little hand says it's time to rock and roll."

9. "You're about to jump out a perfectly good airplane Johnny, how do you feel about that?"

8. "Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true."

7. "I caught my first tube today... Sir."

6. "Vaya con Dios, Brah."

5. "He's not coming back in."

4. "Six seconds. We're going to be meat waffles."

3. "Utah! Get me two!"

2. "If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love."

1. "Yo, Johnny! I see you in the next life!"

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 9:28am]


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