They really went into production on this with half of a fill-in-the-blank premise, a Nam set, like five ugly puppets, and Norm from Cheers. That was outrageously hard to sit through.
A handful of horny teenagers bounce around a dying Texas town like pinballs, smacking into each other and shooting sparks in predictable directions. The older generation watches, occassionally offering wisdom that whizzes right over their heads. While everyone is busy getting laid, things change: people die, friendships collapse, hearts get hurt in ways that can't heal, children get abducted, the movie theater closes. Ennui settles like dust until it puts out any fire left but hey... there's always a cheap burger waiting for you at the cafe and a sad song in the air to help you remember when.
"People knock themselves out trying to buck fate."
I've put Detour off for a long time. Noirs miss the mark for me more often than not and this one's reputation for being cheap and a little shallow didn't help pull me in. Well I woke up yesterday afternoon with an hour and a half until I had to leave for work so I found a list on Letterboxd of films under 80 minutes and a quick, rough-around-the-edges noir felt just…