Cruisin' High (1986)

Genres - Action, Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Cheap thrills are in short supply in this misguided juvenile-delinquent opus. Cat Murkil And The Silks feels like someone took the script for a particularly humdrum teen-gang epic from the 1950's and tried to hastily update it for the 1970's. The story falls flat because it's completely unbelievable that the inept, annoying title character would ever be in a gang, much less take one over, and the story hinges upon one ludicrous scenario after another (the highlight is the least convincing teacher-blackmail plan in b-movie history). The acting ranges from flat to intensely bad, with top honors taken by David Kyle: his nerdish, awkward overemoting plays like an unintentional self-parody. To make matters worse, John Bushelman's direction is devoid of any kinetic verve and the inappropriately jaunty soft-rock musical score sounds like outtakes from the soundtrack to The Brady Bunch. In short, Cat Murkil And The Silks could be the most underwhelming juvenile-delinquent flick ever made. Even hardcore bad-film aficionados will want to give this one a pass.