Truck stops, crummy arm wrestling, and terrible parenting make up this weeks stinker and P.U. does this one stink! Stallone plays a mediocre trucker, a "good" arm-wrestler and maybe the worst parent ever. How the hell Leonard Part 6 won the Razzie over this turd is a travesty.
So the film revolves around Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) and his son, Michael (David Mendenhall), rekindling their relationship after 10 years of neglect. They do this by truckin' and arm wrastling. As children actor's go, David Mendenhall is pretty bad. You'd really like to step on this kid within 4 minutes of the film. It's very fitting that Stallone's Lincoln Hawk appears to completely ignore the existence of him as his son.
The relationship between the two of these people is astounding. One minute it is just preposterous as Hawk is such a total dirtbag to his son (he's late to his child's graduation because he's gotta take his shirt off and wash his truck) and the next minute is super creepy with child cuddling in a truck cab. Ick. It also tells us that a child's relationship with his father is much more important than the future of the child's life. Michael starts the film out by graduating from military school with honors and finishes the film by giving up everything to become a truck-driving arm wrestler. Nice. Maybe the film is an accurate depiction of how awful awful awful parents can really screw up a child. Or maybe it's just that someone doesn't know how to make a character likable in any way.
The film is supposed to be a feel good, heart warming tale but instead is just an awful story about a father who should be arrested for child neglect and child endangerment.
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Just watched Over the top again before I listened to the podcast, good stuff again on another quality podcast. Hadn't seen this film since I was a kid and it didn't leave any lasting memory on me. But it is Ok, it fails terribly as a wannabe gay-ass-film but the arm wrestling sequences are good, for sport lovers they do a good job, all the wrestlers are very believable and a bit over the top which you only expect and look forward to with canon and the arm wrestling tournament is exciting and tense, maybe it's a dozen beers talking but it felt real . Acting wise the kid isn't too bad, does a lot better than kids who got undeserved credit. Stallone though himself is poor enough, they shouldn't of let him write his own dialogue. I give it a 6/10. If you wanna see an arm wrestling epic and I don't see it on your list. Terminator meets over the top, a cyborg is on the run after an assasination attempt, ends up in a local truck stop, only to be harrassed by the local arm wrestling champ "Hands of Steel."