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Violence and Vandalism1972

  • 3.0
A multiracial group of teens break into their school at night, trashing it and setting a fire. Why don't they "play by the rules?” Do they vandalize just for kicks or to express a sense frustration at their run-down, under-funded school's inability to guide them toward a better future? This vintage short seems to be specifically aimed at pouring balm on the grievances of African American and other inner city students during an era of high racial and political tensions. "Irresponsible delinquents" who vandalize their schools only pay the price in disillusionment from adults who nix spending further tax dollars on education (along with the resentments of fellow students who feel that their chances at betterment have been disrupted). The basic message offered by film/television star host Hugh O'Brien and a bearded hipster sociologist is, "cool it, kids!" - Dennis Harvey

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Interesting to see Hugh O'Brien, star of some mildly violent TV shows, hosting a PSA-type show on violence and vandalism. Did he commit some crime that required him to work off some public service hours? I don't know. I mean, I did, but I wish someone asked me to host some ambivalent nonsense. Oh HELL NO! I had to work with a sanitation crew for a solid day in the August heat of Oklahoma. We called in road kill for the love of GOD!!! That's on top of stopping every two seconds to pick up whatever crap the richy-rich weasels of Tulsa had to dump on their curb. Sorry, back on point. The PSA, or whatever it is, was entertaining in the same way an accident caused by drunken rednecks is entertaining. YES, I liked it, but it only pandered to my lowest common denominator. If it had a bit of decent boob and bounce, I would have masturbated to it. Admittedly, I would have closed my eyes and whispered "La la la la la la!" while Hugh O'Brien was making with the happy motions, but I was half-asleep to begin with. 15 minutes of cat barfing would have received the same response at that point. So, in a nutshell, I kinda liked it, especially for its 70s retro imagery.

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Interesting to see Hugh O'Brien, star of some mildly violent TV shows, hosting a PSA-type show on violence and vandalism. Did he commit some crime that required him to work off some public service hours? I don't know. I mean, I did, but I wish someone asked me to host some ambivalent nonsense. Oh HELL NO! I had to work with a sanitation crew for a solid day in the August heat of Oklahoma. We called in road kill for the love of GOD!!! That's on top of stopping every two seconds to pick up whatever crap the richy-rich weasels of Tulsa had to dump on their curb. Sorry, back on point. The PSA, or whatever it is, was entertaining in the same way an accident caused by drunken rednecks is entertaining. YES, I liked it, but it only pandered to my lowest common denominator. If it had a bit of decent boob and bounce, I would have masturbated to it. Admittedly, I would have closed my eyes and whispered "La la la la la la!" while Hugh O'Brien was making with the happy motions, but I was half-asleep to begin with. 15 minutes of cat barfing would have received the same response at that point. So, in a nutshell, I kinda liked it, especially for its 70s retro imagery.

1 member likes this review