Fast Getaway (1991)

Corey Haim, Cynthia Rothrock, Leo Rossi, Ken Lerner,
A lighthearted tale about a gang of bank robbers who fall out and split up. The brains of the gang is a boy who, with his father, successfully continue their crime spree. Annoyed at this, Lilly and her loyal and stupid companion, dec
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7 / 10

This entire movie was a fast getaway.

A rather entertaining (to me anyway) Corey Haim movie from 1991. It is a movie that is fast as the pace is fast as is the run time for this picture. So you do not have to invest a whole lot of time in this adventure, but to me it was a fun adventure. There is a gang of criminals that plan their heists to perfection. Everything is split second timing and the getaways are also to the letter. Well there are four members in this gang and as so often is the case there is a split as certain members get greedy and think they should get a bigger cut. So off goes two of the members leaving Corey Haim and his dad's character on their own and you find out quickly that the female and other guy in the gang are not nearly as effective without the other two. The brains of the outfit is the Corey Haim character and without him the other two are lost, so near the end of the film they kidnap him and force him to plan heists for them. The film is rather good, the cast is rather funny. Corey is good as the brains and I thought the guy playing his dad was rather good too as I loved the scene where they were falling off the bridge. Cynthia Rothrock plays the female of the gang and as I usually do not care for her in other movies she is okay here. She usually takes on this super guys in movies and once I saw a movie where she gets hit by this humongous guy dead on and she barely flinched, sorry not going to happen. She may be good at karate, but if she were to be hit as hard as it was depicted in that movie she would be unconscious on the ground. Here though she only takes on normal dudes and I figure she could handle them. There would later be a sequel to this film, but I did not enjoy that one at all.

4 / 10

Movie for late night

This must be one of those made for TV movie that's designed to kill 2 hours of the people who are watching it. The quality is good, but the story is pretty brainless.

Four crooks makes a bank heist. One of them is a teenage son of the boss, and the brain of the gang.The gang has a falling out, and father and the son team goes off on their own. The story then takes twist of its own, and goes deep into misadventures of all who are involved.

I kind of liked this movie. There were many movies like this in the '90s that came on at late nights.

Cynthia Rothrock is one of the gang, and she shows her kung-fu skill on this movie, but her acting is pretty one dimensional. She could have gone further if her acting improved after her 10th year mark, but it never happened.

These movies are made for late night entertainment, and should be watched in that vein.

3 / 10

Worst writing since 'Cool as Ice.' (spoilers)

Good lord, I've got to stop wasting my money on movies from the post-1989 catalog of Corey Haim (except for Prayer of the Rollerboys, which was a decent surprise). This being, of course, yet another film in which those not so overly nostlagic will realize that Corey had hit rock bottom and would never recover.

Fast Getaway is the light-comedy adventures of a team of father-and-son bankrobbers. After a disagreement among their gang of four which included a clueless doofus and a black belt blonde, Nelson (Corey Haim) and his dad decide to rob banks alone. Only Nelson's dad expects it to be temporary, wanting his son to go legit so he can end up in law school or business school (the man has no clear idea of his expectations as to which graduate school track he expects his son to take other than whatever will allow an easy transition into white collar crime) much to the chagrin of Nelson, who loves the life of easy money. But, the team are not as invincible as they think they are when they're busted for robbing a bank in a squat town in Utah around the same time a stranger to the past enters their lives as does their scheming former partners.

It has all the depth of the notorious 'Cool as Ice' "action" film (ranked as one of the worst 100 movies on IMDb), and about as much of the same cheesy writing. I particularly enjoy the scene in which Nelson and dear old dad, trying to escape from the police by anchoring over a bridge, plunge thousands of feet straight down into shallow, rocky rapids and live to tell the tale...completely unscathed, mind you. Or, the finale in which brave Nelson is being dragged from a truck while holding onto a chain link fence that neither eletrocutes him or gets too hot to hold as it is scraped across the pavement for miles. Nor, does it flip with the sharp turns of the truck and the lack of support by his weight. And, I especially cringe at Corey Haim's half-concocted Italian-American accent that reared itself during random moments, not to mention his terrible array of slang, especially in many of the references to women.

Recommended for anyone who can watch any number of Corey Haim's early 90s disasters and actually find them enjoyable.

9 / 10

Decent Saturday afternoon entertainment!

Those who have the old sky movies will have stumbled on a film of this nature at some point. An unsuccessful, middle of the road, piece of light entertainment from years back. Perhaps a lesser known film in a once big stars career. This film is one such film. It is simple entertainment and not in the least bit testing. Corey Haim, a one time box office dynamo like fellow Corey, Mr Feldman, was at this point growing old. He was at an age where we could no longer forgive his annoyances because of his youth, he was just plain annoying and audiences didn't watch his films. Soon after this film Haim, like Feldman (who in fact had far more acting talent than Haim) dropped into DTV obscurity. I remember watching another film of Haims; License To Drive which was more of a success yet the same simple formula of light hearted comical hi-jinks. Fast Getaway is worth a watch.

Co-starring is the pocket rocket herself, the queen of action, Cynthia Rothrock. This was the biggest film to date in her career and could have been a break through in her career, but the film flopped, so it wasn't. However from her showing in this Rothrock doesn't look out of place in a more substantially budgeted film than her DTV chop-socky flicks. Rothrock plays a real horny dynamo of a woman who by the end of the film severely beats the hell out of all her male co-stars. What we learn is two things: 1): She could kick their buts easily in real life, and 2): I would love her to kick the crap out of me! Rothrock is sexy, no doubt and the Haim and Leo Rossi (His father in the film) even discuss the plumpness and roundness of her boobies which in a strange way is almost in a way a conversation with the male audience as well! The film is about a bank robbing father and son team, who break away from their other two partners, after a ruck, including Lilly (Rothrock). Lilly was going out with Sam (Nelsons father) and when she wanted to cut out the young and annoying Nelson, Sam didn't like it. So what we have is a long seen where Cynthia absolutely kicks the living be-Jesus out of Leo Rossi who actually looked like he was taking a few hard shots there. Lilly with her incredibly vivacious sex drive disbands with the idiot Tony who revels in being her sex toy (lucky SOB!). They are soon rivals and of course the two groups face off down the line.

The film is funny. It's not laugh a minute, bawl out loud stuff and that's a reason it didn't do good business. However there's chemistry between Haim and Rossy and some decent dramatic moments. There's a fair bit of teenage angst compared to other films of this genre however they are not greatly handled because director Spiro Sparatozozoazoozoa or whatever his name is is actually a stunt co-ordinator by trade. His direction is incompetent but he pulls off some neat car chases throughout the movie. Haim is for the most part actually quite likable despite the hyperactivity, awful hair and fashion, but in truth if you've put up with modern teen stars in their films theses days, the likes of Feldman and Haim make a refreshing and far more likable change. This is basic teen-comedy fare that is a darn sight more enjoyable than recent big budget pap. At least I didn't finish wanting to insert a fork into my eye ball! **1/2

5 / 10

Call Them Hooters, Dad!

I honestly had not heard about this movie before. I actually found it while doing laundry on the free stuff shelf they leave down in the room after people move out. There as also four copies of Titanic on VHS and a tape of Eddie Murphy's Delirious. In case you were wondering. With all that choice how could I pass up a promotional copy of a Corey Haim movie I have never heard of...which also stars Cynthia Rothrock...weird.

The movie is about a weirdly overly enthusiastic kid and his dad who are a bank robbing team. They drive from town to town and rob banks and the post office, getting away using plans that are meticulously thought out to the last detail. They also talk about Cynthia Rothrock's chest a lot, or as Mr. Haim says "Call Them Hooters, Dad." In fact, the father-son relationship seems like it is really close. The main topic they talk about that isn't robbing banks, is boobs, and sex with ladies. Some hi-jinks they go through include Haim getting distracted by ladies, talking about ladies boobs, as well as having sex once, which he breaks his dad out of jail just so he can tell him. There are some really great car chases though, including a super fun one at the very end. Also, Cynthia Rothrock kicks everything including furniture and fast food. So, it's not all bad.

Fast Getaway is alright. It has a few fun moments, that mostly include some well-directed car chases. But, I wasn't too into the father-son sex talk plot line which took up most of the movie.