Corvette Summer (1978)
Directed by: Matthew Robbins
Writers: Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins
Starring: Mark Hamill, Annie Potts and Eugene Roche
[discussng the lowrider he’s hitched a ride in]
Kenneth W. Dantley, Jr.: ‘Scuse me, uh, seventeen miles an hour?
Kenneth W. Dantley, Jr.: On the in’erstate. What are ya doin’, lookin’ for a contact lens?
Tico: You patties crack me up. Still doin’ your speed number, huh?
Kenneth W. Dantley, Jr.: Well, what are you into, miles per gallon?
Tico: Class…we’re into class.
I’m sure I didn’t see this in theatres, but I remember I was OBSESSED with this movie when it came out (right on the heels of Star Wars)… so much so that one of my Xmas list items that year - based on the ride favoured by Annie Potts’ “hooker with a heart of gold” character - was a disco-themed “boogie van with a waterbed in it”. (If you haven’t seen the movie, she deflowers young Skywalker on it. I was too young to really know what they were doing, it just seemed like a really cool place for a waterbed.) Time to re-watch this classic, I think. Kind of a proto-Drive, now that I think of it.
PS: I still have the aforementioned 1978 Xmas list somewhere, because my brilliant mother [RIP] realized the items on it would be making me laugh well over 30 years later.