Tail Lights Fade

  • 1999
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Crime

Although their classic car restoration business is on the skids, buddies Cole (Breckin Meyer) and Bruce (Jake Busey) are never too downtrodden to neglect their top priority: driving fast cars. When Cole's main-squeeze Angie (Tanya Allen) determines to weaken the case against her jailed brother Ben (Jaimz Woolvett) by traveling out of town and destroying...read more

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Although their classic car restoration business is on the skids, buddies Cole (Breckin Meyer) and Bruce (Jake Busey) are never too downtrodden to neglect their top priority: driving fast cars. When Cole's main-squeeze Angie (Tanya Allen) determines to weaken the case against her jailed brother Ben (Jaimz Woolvett) by traveling out of town and destroying the crop inside his clandestine marijuana "grow-house," Bruce gets a brainstorm. To juice up the trip, he and his gal-pal Wendy (Denise Richards) challenge Cole and Angie to a friendly race. But rather than see Angie burn her brother's valuable inventory, Bruce and Cole make a side-deal to sell it. Meanwhile, Ben's associate Eve (Elizabeth Berkley) and his shady lawyer, feeling the squeeze from Ben's dealers, have also resolved to locate the cannabis. Can Eve sweet talk Cole into sneaking a peak at Angie's address book? Will Ben's big, bad partners head off these Gen-X good ol' boys at the pass? Quick, someone give this film an artistic lube-job! Rife with vrooming engines, buxom babes and lingo lifted from "Lucille's Car Care Clinic" on PBS, this painfully trivial car-racing adventure is likely to induce cinematic road rage in viewers. Because the plot could fit into a thimble, the filmmakers aim for flashy technique and youthful exuberance, the latter being a quality that's beyond the range of the not-so-young cast. If there's a beer-guzzling viewership for this running-on-empty drug odyssey, then they're welcome to it, but discerning viewers are well-advised to steer clear of its homophobia and flimsy philosophizing about relationships and betrayal.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Although their classic car restoration business is on the skids, buddies Cole (Breckin Meyer) and Bruce (Jake Busey) are never too downtrodden to neglect their top priority: driving fast cars. When Cole's main-squeeze Angie (Tanya Allen) determines to weak… (more)

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