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Saturday, October 08, 2005


Film Review - Pump Up The Volume (1990)

The 1990 Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis classic "Pump Up the Volume" is fractionally responsible for this blog. I was at Wal-Mart this week and happened across it as I was entering the place for a quick item.

Mark Hunter, played by Slater, is a high school student in Arizona, who starts a pirate radio station which broadcasts from the basement of his parent's house. Hunter is a newly transplanted Arizona loner from back East whose only outlet for his angst and aggression is his radio station after his parents get him a ham radio set to communicate with, but it can transmit due to his area being in a valley.

When Mark speaks his mind on what is going on at his school and about life in general, more of his fellow teens tune in to hear his show. Nobody knows the true identity of "Hard Harry", as Hunter refers to himself, until Nora Diniro, played by Mathis slueths him down. Eventually, the radio show causes so much trouble in the area that the federal communications communication is called in to the area to investigate.

Mark encounters a suicide caller, a gay bashing victim, the poetry lady (who turns out to be Nora), and is pissed off at his parents for them moving him to Arizona and Paradise Hills.
Mark with the help of Nora overcomes his fear of speaking to Arizona girls (after Nora shows him her boobs) and to the people in public as well. Until he is busted by the FCC at the end of the movie.
Hard Harry's "Talk Hard" is my "Screw the libs!

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