A closer look








The film takes the viewer back to the good old 50’s. All the details are there – from the do-whop music and lovingly customized cars to the slang, which hovered between Ivy League and street gang, and the clothes, which seemed, like the time, both shapeless and confining.


But the film catches not only the charm of the

teenage fifties but also the listlessness and

the resignation that underscored it all like an

incessant bass line in an old rock ‘n’ roll song.




The characters seem locked in – to

careers, to whole lives. The only one

who manages to break out is Curt,

smarter and more sensitive than

the others.




A road movie.

Most of the action takes place in and around cars. It also

is a status symbol for the teenagers. If you don’t have a

car – you’re out. Terry has no car – he rides a motorbike.

John, on the contrary, owns the best and coolest car in town.

Although the car is a symbol of freedom and independence

the people in the movie constantly come back to Mel’s

Drive-In – which leads to a never-ending circular movement in

the film.This movement can also be interpreted as lack

of change in people’s lives.


Another theme of the movie is the notion of lost innocence.

 The film is set in 1962, a time where the options seemed so simple: to go to college, or to stay at home and look for a job and cruise Main Street and make the scene. It is the time just before President Kennedy’s assassination and the Vietnam War.















Mel’s Drive-In

The movie