"A gratuitous froth of miscast actors and poor dialogue."
The year is 1965 and it’s Halloween night with the Hollywood Knights up to their usual pranks. What are the Hollywood Knights? Well from the looks of this 1980 low budget comedy by director/writer Floyd Matrux, they are a group of male high school students who formed a male only "car club".Robert Wuhl, who is hopelessly miscast, plays the leader of this group of thugs who spend their nights around town pulling pranks that consist of throwing eggs at cars, leaving a pile of flaming poo on the doorsteps of a socialite who is glad to see the “rinky dink” drive-in the Knights frequent being torn down and leaving their pledges naked in Watts as an initiation to the club. All the while "the boys" happen to be around whenever "the girls" are publically disrobing all for the sake of gratuity.
Wuhl, looking more like a nerd playing dress up with his cool brother’s clothes, is way too old for the part and is not believable as the smooth talking Turk. In one Knights’ disruption Wuhl farts to the rhythm of a song at an assembly and only embarrasses himself more while Tony Danza and Michelle Pfeiffer play love struck teens who can’t decide to make it or break it.
Danza starred in this cross between PORKYS and AMERICAN GRAFFITTI, except without a point, after he had already done two years of the TV show TAXI’s 5-year run. Danza could not possibly play a High School senior ready to start college in a few months and make it work. It was a stretch to begin with and a failure from the words action to that’s a wrap.
With no less than five mooning shoots, plenty of breasts and a plentitude of great songs, the soundtrack would probably be worth more than the film. Mutrux thought he could forget about the story and the actors and focus on the hits of the '60s. Not so, his one night of comedy is a gratuitous froth of miscast actors and poor dialogue.The DVD features a director’s commentary that might help explain Mutrux’s decisions, bonus trailers, production notes and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. THE HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS is not as painful as watching last year’s AMERICAN PIE but I’m sure Pfeiffer leaves this one off her resume along with GREASE 2.-- Pamela Harland