Sunday, June 27, 2021

#2,591. Hey Good Lookin' (1982)


Like most of Ralph Bakshi’s work, Hey Good Lookin’ is not an animated movie that the entire family can enjoy!

A stranger meets a woman on a lonely New York street, and recounts for her the story of Vinnie (Richard Romanus), who, in the 1950s, was leader of The Stompers, a street gang. With his best friend Crazy Shapiro (David Proval) at his side, Vinnie spent his days hanging around pool halls, and his nights at dance clubs and burger joints.

That is until he reconnected with Roxy (Tina Bowman), a gorgeous brunette from the neighborhood. The minute he saw her, Vinnie was in love, but would he get a chance to tell Roxy how he felt before the big rumble with rival gang, The Chaplains?

Those familiar with Bakshi’s other films, like Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic, won’t see anything here that they haven’t seen before (along with a few scenes of nudity, the movie is loaded with sexual innuendo, and the comedy is often on the crude side).

But that’s not to say Hey Good Lookin’ is without its charms. John Madara’s ‘50s-style musical score sets the perfect tone, and the film features a handful of impressive scenes (the best being a dreamlike sequence set on a rooftop).

And the casting of Richard Romanus and David Proval as the leads, both of whom appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets, was a nice touch.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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