Rewind: Road House

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1989 / 1h 54m / R / Action

I have a theory about Road House. I think it must have started out as two movies. In one, an honorable lawman rolls into a corrupt town and cleans up the place, Walking Tall style; in the other, a pacifist kung fu monk is forced to use violence to protect those he cares about. And then the writer, faced with two incomplete and incoherent movies, just smashed them together. How else to explain Road House, a movie that posits the existence of at least two world-famous itinerant bouncers? A movie that gives us lines like “pain don’t hurt”? Without Patrick Swayze playing this role with unwinking seriousness, Road House would just be a boring mess. As it is, it’s an incredibly entertaining mess that you can’t look away from.

Road House was directed by a person named Rowdy Herrington. His name is Rowdy — that seems meaningful. Rowdy went on to direct several other movies, none of which (and this is a promise) you have ever heard of. So be nice until it’s time to stop being nice, and join us for REWIND’s presentation of Road House.
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