The Pom Pom Girls/Review
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
When it came to my school days, I was pretty much a 3 AM guy. You know the type who would somehow inexplicably wake up at the wee hours of the morning and start channel surfing. I'm sure of a lot of you have been there. I have some pretty nostalgic memories of those days because that had a major impact on my taste in movies and I discovered some pretty cool films that way. I may not not do a lot of it these days but that does not stop me from occasionally browsing through random movies every now and then. It's on one such occasion recently that I came across this little gem online.
It's a movie that I've been wanting to watch for a long time and have been searching for but couldn't get hold of a copy. Just when I gave up and forgot about it altogether, there it was right under my nose on Youtube all this while in its glory. Funny when that happens right?
The Pom Pom Girls is a movie that seems to have taken legendary status among cult movie enthusiasts and with good reason. Even though I was aware of its status piping my interest in it, I never knew much about the movie or whats it was all about. I'm really glad about that because I went in blind and wasn't caught up in the baggage or hype about it. What did happen was I ended up with a wide grin plastered on my face all though the movie and for quite a while one it ended.
There is no point getting into the plot but in case you are curious, look no further than its tagline, "It was their senior year... the last chance to raise hell!" Does that say anything about the movie? Sure it does! A lot in fact. I didn't mind the misleading title or the not so misleading and fun opening title sequence as it perfectly sets up the movie to come. Even though that glorious title kind of gives you an impression that it is going to be another cheerleader movie, it's mostly about a couple of jocks and the antics they pull. And what fun antics they are!! Some of the scenes really do pull the rug out from under your feet and are shocking by even today's standards. The great part is it never seems repetitive. All of it comes to the boil in the climax with that crazy car race across a cliff which even though it does bring to mind the climactic American Grafitti race, made me grin really wide because it reminded of a scene from another classic Harrison Ford movie which came out way after this one. (trying really hard not to spoil things here).
The actors are clearly having fun and the chemistry between all the main leads are fantastic. Honestly though, I couldn't recognize any of them except Robert Carradine who I was surprised to see because he is so convincing as the jock. I almost forgot that he was Lewis Skolnick in Revenge of the Nerds. Almost. Know what? Nah!! He will always be Lewis Skolnick for me. It's still amazing though given that he apparently performed all his own stunts.
Not only did this movie make me nostalgic about my school days which can be hard sometimes without feeling a little cynical (quite the opposite because its infectious energy and utter lack of cynicism really draws you in). It also made me nostalgic for all the teen movies I grew up on. In fact, I ended up rewatching Dazed and Confused and Fast Times at Ridgemont High almost immediately after I finished Pom Pom Girls. Unlike the aforementioned movies, nobody changes over the course of the story and they mostly remain their cocky selves which is not as bad as it sounds. Sheer joy this one.
Reviewed by Alif Majeed