The above clip is from the beginning of a 1986 French movie called “Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà,” which is about…I’m not sure exactly, but it’s certainly not about a bunch of guys who bash up a Lancia Thema, Saab 900, Mercedes-Benz 190E, BMW 528i, Peugeot 505, and a Renault 25 in spectacular fashion.
Then again, this movie is directed by Claude Lelouch, who is—let’s face it—the only director Hoontastic enough to get away with such a sequence. I can imagine what he told the producers when he was filming this: “Ok, so we’re gonna have a couple guys driving really fast. And they’re gonna drive through the woods and on a soaking-wet skidpad that I’ve selected because it looks like a Need for Speed track. And they’re gonna bump into each other and skid and crash into each other because apparently they really don’t like each other, or they’re trying to commit insurance fraud. So they jump off ramps a couple times for no particular reason. Oh, and we’ll have to close down a highway, score some dramatic timpani music, and go buy a couple of brand-new midsize European sedans that will eventually be destroyed.
“Oh, and if you’ve got any leftover film, uh, I’ll take it off your hands. No reason.”
If Hooniverse ran the Golden Globes, we would hire Ricky Gervais to host every year award Lelouch the Lifetime Achievement Award. Forever.