Directed by Clay Borris
New Line Cinema, 1986
by Tammy Vrieze
Should a black man be allowed to roller-skate through city streets without raising suspicion? Heck no! At least not where Joe (James Remar) is concerned in this month’s video pick Quiet Cool.
Joe will race his UJM Honda through the subway station and miraculously emerge on an blurred, yet recognizable dirt bike, in hot pursuit of his stereotyped victim. That’s just a small dose of what this action-packed, unintentional comedy has to offer.
While booking the roller king, Joe gets a distress call from his ex-girlfriend Kate, (Daphne Ashbrook) who begs him to come to the remote mountain town where she resides and help find her brother’s family. Unbeknownst to Joe, Kate’s brother, his wife and their son Joshua fell prey to a ruthless band of pot growers. But the pot growers don’t know that Joshua survived the attempt on his life, and is hell bent on seeking revenge for the loss of his parents.
After reuniting with Kate through dinner and a quickie, Joe heads for the mountains where he stumbles across Joshua and the secret gonja heaven. Events lead Joe to the same hatred for the hooch mongers as Joshua and the two join forces for an explosive climax.
I laughed my butt off throughout the entire film. Quiet Cool is loaded with action and heavily dosed with testosterone that all the best biker flicks are made of. There’s plenty of terrific motorcycle stunts and a high cheese factor as usual.
Brought to you by the makers of Critters and the Nightmare on Elm Street series, Quiet Cool “stars” James Remar, Adam Coleman Howard, Daphne Ashbrook, Jared Martin, Nick Cassavettes and Frank Ryan
Not since Reefer Madness has the rise of marijuana and its effects been so exaggerated.