Never Too Young To Die

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Spy

Imagine an amalgam of THE ROAD WARRIOR; THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW; GYMKATA; and James Bond films, and you'll have NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE, an often hysterically funny espionage thriller that happily doesn't take itself very seriously. Lance Stargrove (Stamos), the son of a murdered government agent, teams up with his inventor pal Cliff (Kwong) and the...read more

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Imagine an amalgam of THE ROAD WARRIOR; THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW; GYMKATA; and James Bond films, and you'll have NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE, an often hysterically funny espionage thriller that happily doesn't take itself very seriously. Lance Stargrove (Stamos), the son of a murdered

government agent, teams up with his inventor pal Cliff (Kwong) and the beautiful Danja (Vanity) to stop Velvet Von Ranger (Simmons), the leather-clad hermaphrodite ruler of a renegade biker gang, from contaminating the Los Angeles water supply with radiation. There's no point to any of this other

than simply having fun. It's like a comic book come to life, complete with colorful villains, mindless violence, nifty gadgets, sparse logic, and some wonderfully silly dialog. Stamos plays his part well, never attempting to go beyond the bounds of his deliberately stereotyped character. Vanity is

pleasing in her often sensual performance, and Kwong gives enthusiastic support in his role. Lazenby (as Lance's murdered father) enjoys some self-parody in his cameo part, but Simmons is the real star of the show. Looking like a cross between Lainie Kazan and Divine, Simmons gives new meaning to

the word camp, playing up his character's outlandish nature with unashamed zeal. Between the seductive glances and the maniacal laugh, it's hard not to enjoy Simmons' constant scene stealing. The script is inventive in a ridiculous sort of way (cowriter Semple also worked on the Bond film NEVER

SAY NEVER AGAIN, among other big-budget films) and Bettman's direction possesses an engaging sense of energy.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Imagine an amalgam of THE ROAD WARRIOR; THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW; GYMKATA; and James Bond films, and you'll have NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE, an often hysterically funny espionage thriller that happily doesn't take itself very seriously. Lance Stargrove (S… (more)

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