Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the truck wins. An absurd marketing gimmick at first glance, the contest proves to be much more.
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Hands on a Hard Body: The DocumentaryDirected byS.R. Bindler
Considering the off-kilter characters, sense of community, and surprising drama (not to mention the potential for commentary on American consumerism and materialism), it's no surprise that Robert Altman wanted to adapt this into a scripted film.
I saw this when I came out and I'm sure I spent time laughing at some of the people involved in the contest and at the ridiculousness of the whole thing. Twenty years later I'm sure I would find the movie itself a sad spectacle of late-capitalism. Without having rewatched it, in my memory it has gone from a comedy to a tragedy. I wonder what else I watched without sufficient class analysis? Lots of films, I'm sure.