Kurt Russell stars as Rudy Russo, a used car salesman with dreams of being a politician. He works at the rundown New Deal used car lot, ran by Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden), a kindly man who agrees to give Rudy some money to help with political aspirations.
Across the street is a much nicer car lot ran by Roy Fuchs, sinister brother of Luke, who wants his brother’s lot space as a new freeway exit is set for construction and Roy’s lot will be destroyed so it can be made, thus giving Luke’s lot the best spot in town.
After Luke passes away, the New Deal crew has to hide his death so his brother doesn’t inherit the lot, and also come up with plans to bring customers to the lot. There first plan is to hijack the broadcast of a football game to air their commercial, a commercial that ends up showing a little more than they had planned on.
The New Deal continues to use unconventional tactics to bring in new customers, all the while trying to stop Roy from proving his brother is dead and taking over their lot. I don’t want to give away too much so I’m going to end the synopsis here.
Used Cars is solid comedy by Robert Zemeckis that is helped by it’s strong cast. Kurt Russell is his always charming self and Jack Warden is great as the antagonist, Roy Fuchs. Gerrit Graham co-stars as Jeff, Rudy’s co-salesman who has a extreme fear of red cars. David Lander and Michael McKean team-up once again and appear as the men who help New Deal with their commercials.
If you want a comedy that’s not afraid to go a little dark, give this a shot. It’s a must see for Russell and Zemeckis fans. It’s a bit sad that this movie has been somewhat forgotten today. I think it really holds up after all these years.
Check out the trailer here: