Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Over the Top


Talk about appropriately titled, have you seen the movie Over the Top? LOL! It is a RIOT! I think it is categorized as a family drama, but I found it to be STRAIGHT COMEDY! I laughed and laughed and LAUGHED while watching this horrendous movie.

The "plot" is as follows: Lincoln Hawk (Sylvester Stallone) is a struggling trucker who's trying to rebuild his life. After the death of his wife, he tries to make amends with his son who he left behind years earlier. Upon their first meeting, his son doesn't think too highly of him until he enters the nation-wide arm wrestling competition in Las Vegas.

The acting!  The storyline!  The soundtrack!  The sound effects! CHEEEEEEEEEEESEFACTOR ELEVEN!  A David and Goliath story!  An underdog story!  A redemption story!  An inspirational story!  A motivational story!  All told with a Wrestlemania style of acting!  HOORAY!

Here is the trailer for the movie:

Here are a ton of pics I took while watching the movie:











































The acting is so bad.  SO BAD!  Stallone slogs his way through most of his lines, until he flexes and contorts his face up for the arm wrestling moments.  The kid, well, the kid acts about as good as most kids act.  The soundtrack made me cackle, as did the sound effects.  If you are in need of a laugh, you might want to rent it.  :]

P.S. Apparently some people take this movie seriously.  Very seriously.  Or not!  I read this review which made me snort:  

Over the top is such an emotionally moving film. The music that runs throughout the entire movie just adds to the effect. If someone is looking for the most inspirational speech in the history of mankind, then look no further than the scene right before the final arm wrestling match between Hawk and Bull Harley. Stallone emotionally explains how he becomes like a machine, or more specifically a truck, by simply turning his hat backwards. I watch this scene every morning to keep me going. This movie did not have enough white guys with perms in it, though.



melifaif said...

LOL.....a girl after my own....er, snort!? Love that.

Improbable Joe said...

I LOVE his gay porn star name... "Lincoln Hawk"?!?! His name might as well be "Boner Manlove" or something. Appropriate for a movie about sweaty greased up men holding hands, I guess.

Dancing Branflake said...

Hahahahaha! Oh dear! I think you need a whole bad movies section entitled, "Over the Top." My friend and I just waxed poetry about Kindergarten Cop. If you haven't seen it then it's a MUST for a good laugh. Arnold as a Kindergarten teacher? Yes!

Claire Kiefer said...

Uh oh. I think you might be my boyfriend's soul mate. hahaha! He loooooves bad movies and he is notorious for pausing them and snapping pictures throughout!

Morgan said...

How do you find these crazy movies?! My hubs loves bad movies. I'm sure he's seen this. I'll have to ask!

Lorena said...

Well after Rocky all Stallone related movies have been sucky - could not expect more.
HNY 2012 !

Jen: Sunsets and Swimming Pools said...

Did you're man want to watch this? Please tell me it was all him and not YOUR pick!!!

Trissta said...

OMG. For reals. Because people seriously get bloody noses from arm wrestling and cry over sappy music. Heaven help the rest of us who are sane! But I'd probably still watch it anyways.

Much Love,

ERIN said...

his face kills me..... whats with that MOUTH???? don't think i could last 10 min into this movie... jast because of that MOUTH :) happy new year to you!

Annabelle said...

Dammit, I love you. I love this movie.

80s cheese is my jam!

Bonnie said...

I need to see this movie just so I can get a good laugh. Knowing Mr. A, he will get emotionally involved in it. We are so different.

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Kellie said...

I think all movies could use more white guys with perms. Haha! :)

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

lmao oh my god that review is total win. Yes this movie ah I remember it fondly from my youth. Good god I'm old.

cerebral e said...

Have you seen Double Team with Jean Claude van Damme, Dennis Rodman and Mickey Rourke? It is hilarious. It made me think of Team America the whole way through.

Cheryl Ann said...

bahahaha! saul brings this movie up occasionally - i've never seen it, but when he and the guys are playing poker or something and a dispute needs to be settled, sometimes they'll all go, "let's settle this OVER THE TOP style!" boys are so lame ;)

Lara said...

mother-fucking arm wrestling! I'm dying over here from the screen shots. OMG!

Kristine said...

The face contortions are too much! Who knew an arm wrestling match could save a father son relationship and teach us all such valuable lessons!

mermaid gallery said...

Just the facial expressions alone must be worth watching...for about two minutes anyway!....sylvester really should just give it a rest....but the again he didn't steroid up all his life for nothing....

Kathryn said...

What better way to win the respect of the child you abandoned than taking him to a dive in Las Vegas and forcing another man's arm on the table?

The 80's were the decade of how many unbelievable characters Stallone could come up with after Rocky and this gem was no exception, with the Kenny Loggins cheezy power ballad as the icing on the cake.

I was thinking about this movie when we went to see "Reel Steel" - similar premise, but with boxing robots instead of arm wrestling, better acting and minus Kenny Loggins blasting "Meet me halfway across the sky" at regular intervals (the the kids acting was just as over the top as "Over The Top").

Have to agree with you 100% on the over-acting, including the kid, who used to be on a soap opera and brought that over the top drama with him (pun intended).

...love Maegan said...

OMG I just showed Pep this post and he told me that a girl that his dad dated in the 90's', best friend Lorie, is not only a PROFESSIONAL arm wrestler and won championships, that she was in this movie too. LOL. Who arm wrestles professionally? ahahahahah

LindseyD said...

oh grrrrrrlll....i recently saw a documentary about the real guys behind this movie. i shit you not! there are real guys who arm wrestle for a freakin' living. hell, they did a arm wrestle-a-thon to cast the dang thing. And guess what the name of the movie is??? wait for it....wait for it..."Livin' to Pull"
You're welcome ;-)

Kitty Stampede said...


I am so happy the 80's existed. so cheesy, so horrifying....you just gotta love it. hahaha. i love how you took screen shots.

p.s.- i once took screen shots of 80's episodes of Cops, my plan was to show friends them and tell them these mulleted dirtbags were my crazy neighbors...bahahaha...i never did it. i hope i still have the photos somewhere.

十十f十 said...

it's one of those shows i'd missed and which i'd want to watch! and i'm sure i'd have bawled - if i caught it back then. did you know Cobra's my very first movie? (i think so) yes i'm sure i'd have laughed my head off if i watched it now.

chloe said...

oh my god, the boyfriend is SO gonna want to watch this now, i guess i know what we're doing at the weekend!