Rad – The Movie
To be frank, Rad is one of the worst movies to ever become a cult classic. The 1986 film exemplifies the cheesy love stories of the era, complete with lackluster acting, a predictable storyline and an absolutely awful soundtrack.
Although Rad was Hollywood’s attempt to cash in on the BMX craze, the biggest star they managed to cast was Talia Shire (she played Adrian in the Rocky movies). The movie also starred Bill Allen, who has yet to live down his leading-man role as Cru, and Lori Loughlin who later found fame and fortune playing Rebecca on the TV show Full House.
A reader from Decatur, GA wrote:
I’ve got to take issue with your magazine’s assessment of RAD as ‘one of the worst movies ever.’ Well, actually it IS one of the worst movies ever, but it’s a friggin Das Hintersitz compared to the true king of shit bike movies, BMX Bandits.
BMX Bandits is a pathetic yarn about bank robbers being foiled by plucky kids on BMX bikes. The lame-ass plot isn’t imiproved by the preachy sensibility of an after-school special. The fact that the actors all speak with thick Australian accents only adds to the chaos. Oh, and it runs two and a half hours, which is a long time for me to sit even for a good movie.
Good points? Well, there’s Nicole Kidman, in her first movie role, with poodle-perm hair and a prepubescent figure. Wait, those aren’t good points. I guess it doesn’t have any.
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