Repo Man

Director: Alex Cox
Year Released: 1984
Rating: 3.0

Punk rock comic book about a troupe of repossession guys who are on the lookout for a Chevy Malibu with a high price tag, but what's in the trunk is a bigger surprise. Purposely campy and inane, it has a good deal of funny moments and one-liners, but the last third gets so messy it almost completely crumples apart. The satire (mostly targeting American junk culture) does not resonate as loud as it should (trying to give meaning to random silliness is an attempt few try and succeed in doing), although there are strong points: the product labeling - Emilio Estevez eats from a can labeled "Food" - and, of course, everyone knows about Harry Dean Stanton's infamous tongue-in-cheek performance ("Repo Man is always intense!").