A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
1hr32minutes (1977) Comedy
The Van is a feelgood movie about a guy who tries to lure girls into his new van, in order to seduce them. The only thing this movie doesn’t fail at is precisely depicting the van fad in the US in the late 70s. It looks like it was totally made by amateurs. It’s trash, but I loved it! I have to admit I am a fan of 70s trash! Hope this one makes it to the IMDB bottom 100! – grynop (IMDB – 2/10)
Amongst the piles of DVD’s scattered across people’s homes, you might find an obscured film from the seventies. Ages ago consuming such leftover media, The Van has Danny DeVito. A time capsule into a guy buying a van to get laid, it is as lame as its details. Lacking in semantics and more emphasis on a period piece, the humour does hold some over the top elements that would be considered offensive in modern times.
IMDB describes this movie as Bobby blows all his college savings on a van and tries to get the girl of his dreams. It’s a wild time with Bobby and his friends.
Firstly Danny DeVito was not the main character and a cameo appearance at best. The jokes in this one have been parodied so many times now that The Van’s delivery does not hold up. The engagement was barely there in attention as the dialogue did not resonate much with me. There was classical music being played in the background of many montage scenes I liked!
Looking at reviews many older critics have many wholesome memories, maybe I would have been the same if I grew up with this era. Or I am biased/critical against movies solely based around a car? Whatever may be the case, the sympathy attempted as I said before did not compute with me. I can take unrealistic comedy but this lemon was cringe comedy that I only enjoy in small doses.