Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 10th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1984
Director: Jim Sotos
Writers: Larry Anderson, Peter Foldy
Cast: Michael Zorek, Adam Silbar, Jeff Fishman, Johnny Timko, Jill Schoelen, Deborah Richter, Monique Gabrielle
DVD released: October 21st, 2008
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: Four friends spend the summer vacation before their senior year trying to lose their virginity.
Hot Moves was directed by Jim Sotos who also directed Sweet Sixteen and Forced Entry. The film also uses plenty of Venice Beach location footage. This footage while not integral to the story is does give one a chance to check out 1980’s fashion trends. The humor in Hot Moves falls somewhere between Fast times at Ridgemont High and Hard Bodies. The film’s most memorable scene takes place at a nude beach. During this scene naked women jog on a beach while “Chariots of Fire” plays in the background. This is just one of many moments of exposed breasts in the film. Visually the film bears all the marks of the teen film from the 1980’s. The plot for Hot Moves bears some resemblances to the 1982 film The Last American Virgin. The 1999 film American Pie would recycle many of the key elements found in Hot Moves.
The plot for Hot Moves is a coming of age story where everyone seems to be getting laid but a group of four friends. It is not like these four friends don’t have a chance to get some action. They are accident prone and have trouble sealing the deal. Most of the humor in this film revolves around their sexual mishaps. The plot while at times predictable it is never dull as each new event unfolds quickly into the next. The film’s ending falls short of the film’s original premise. When one of the four friends decides to abandon the pact that he made with his three friends to be with the girl he was originally was with at the beginning of the film. At the end of the film they finally see eye to eye, happy ending.
The film’s greatest strength is its cast which features Michael Zorek (Private School), Jill Schoelen (Cutting Class), Adam Silbar, Jeff Fishman (The Karate Kid), Johnny Timko and Monique Gabrielle (Bachelor Party). Even though her character has very little dialog in the scenes that she appears in. The most memorable performance in the film is Deborah Richter (Cyborg). The film’s most memorable dialog exchange takes place during a scene where Deborah Richter character Heidi takes a man’s tie and caresses her body with it. The dialog is as follows, “I wish I was that guy”, “I wish I was that tie”. Three minor notable roles include Virgil Frye as The Porno Man, Jerry Maren (The Wizard of Oz) and if you blink you miss him, Gerardo “Rico Suave” Mejía break dancing. Ultimately Hot Moves is an underrated teen comedy that holds up better than most of its contemporaries.
Code Red presents Hot Moves in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The credits have a heavy grain and look not as sharp as the rest of the film. Colors look nicely saturated, flesh tones look natural and the image remains stable throughout. Overall this progressive flagged transfer is in great shape and print damage is minimal.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio while not dynamic sounds clean, clear and evenly balanced.
Extras for this release include two interview segments. The first interview segment is with Michael Zorek (13:10) and the second interview segment includes comments from Adam Silbar, Jim Sotos and Peter Foldy (7:28). Also include with this release is a video introduction with actor Michael Zorek and moderator Julia. The main extra for this release is an audio commentary with director Jim Sotos, screenwriter Peter Foldy and actor Adam Silbar. This audio commentary is moderated by Julia. All the extras give a thorough overview about the film’s production history. Overall Hot Moves gets a fully loaded DVD release from Code Red that is highlighted by an informative audio commentary track.