Tom Hanks’ film Larry Crowne opens nationwide on July 1, with earlier premieres in some cities (contact your local Genuine dealer for info). What with Hanks being a scooterist, and scooters being prominently featured in the flick, Universal was kind enough to offer a prize package for one lucky 2strokebuzz reader, including a Larry Crowne notebook, a t-shirt and a $25 gasoline gift card. To enter, all you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:
- What’s your favorite scooter movie, and why?
It’s that easy! We’ll pick the winner at random (so your essay doesn’t even have to be good!). If you don’t want to register to post a comment, answer in an email addressed to illnoiseAT2strokebuzzDOTcom. Winners will be announced Saturday, July 2. In the meantime, check out the trailer:
44 thoughts on “Win a Larry Crowne prize package
The classic, Quadrophenia, which I only recently saw, actually. I was initially disappointed when I saw Sting in it, as I had assumed the film was older than it actually was, but still, an excellent come-of-age flick set in a time that was really interesting to me, historically, having lived through it (but being too young to have any good grasp of what was going on in English culture of the time). Check your local library, as the copies for sale are quite expensive!
Since scooter films are rather limited, I’ll go with my favorite “scooter as a character in film and television” and say that my favorite is “Sasha” — a Yamaha Vino ridden by the main character J.D in the show Scrubs. Actually, Sasha is in most of season 5.
If you Scrubs on Netflix in sequence, it’s kind of like a movie! — If you’ve never seen “Sasha”, a taste resides here — http://bit.ly/m2tCEP
but if it’s strictly film — Brighton Rock is pretty good too http://bit.ly/mBj1N8
I also go with Quadrophenia. Too young to have lived through it. Too bad it’s not available on Netflix.
I have to go with The American starring George Clooney. It isn’t solely a scooter movie, but Clooney mounts a Vespa and a pursues a car through twisting Italian streets, firing off 9mm rounds all the while. I think it highlights the utility and nimbleness of a scooter quite well (though, admittedly I’ve never had to gun anyone down on mine…). Here is a video of the car chase from YouTube: http://youtu.be/hiMlh3Srslw
My favorite movie with a scooter in it has to be “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn (favorite actress) and Gregory Peck. What better setting than a Vespa being driven by Audrey Hepburn with Gregory Peck as pillion in Rome, Italy.
The Talented Mr. Ripley ’cause scooters and sociopaths go so well together!
Have to go with FLCL, for the Space Patrol Vespa.
There are scooters in movies? Man, I’ll have to watch a few more.
(After looking at the scooter movie list on MV, I’m torn between Octopussy and Run Lola Run).
Taxi, a French film from 1998. Not a scooter move per se, but the main character is a pizza delivery driver. The movie opens with the main character tearing through Marseilles on his scooter. You can find the scene , if interested, with a search on YouTube.
Hellboy. Meyers is even a mod!
My favorite movies with scooters are all the Matt Damon versions of the Bourne series. There are scooters in the background, a bad guy uses a Vespa, and romance is also linked to scooters.
I just watched The Rite and you see lots of scooters in Rome.
There is a distinction that needs to be made — “movies with scooters” and “scooter movies”.
While I’ve enjoyed plenty of “movies with scooters”, I have yet to see a “scooter movie” that was really any good. Quadrophenia? Really? Blech.
If this Larry Crowne flick is any good, it’ll be the first.
But, just to nominally comply with the contest rules, I’ll say “National Lampoon’s Road Trip” since nobody has picked that one yet. Not that they ever would, since it’s largely excreble.
Wait, is the original “Alfie” a “scooter movie? I like that one.
The Untouchables in ‘Repo Man’
Encino Man. Pauly Shore & Brendan Fraser for the muthafuckin’ win.
I like Quadrophenia as the best ‘scooter movie’. Most scoots, good riding scenes, and love the long scene showing all the scoots parked along the beach at Brighton.
why didnt he choose an italian scooter? wtf dude..
My favorite scooter movie ~ Larry Crowne because it is filmed here in the USA!
My favorite scooter movie is the trailer for Larry Crowne. Why? The scene where the girl asks, “Do you want to be in my scooter gang?” And then the ensuing group ride scene with Tom Hanks. It is exciting and gratifying to know that somebody else out there understands that scootering is a social activity, like posting on Facebook, except more real and more fun. I hope Larry Crowne launches a thousand new “scooter gangs!”
My favorite is Roman Holiday! I adore Audrey and the film!
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Well, since Larry Crowne is not out yet (just from the trailer, it looks like it will be my favorite), I would have to say “The Talented Mr. Ripley” Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jude Law and Matt Damon all in the same movie… and with scenes of scooters being riden in Europe. A win-win.
Without doubt, and although it’S NOT A “MOVIE” The tv show, “Angel” featured a grear chase scene with the characters Angel and Spike in italy chasing an italian demon mafioso while mounted on a Vespa. Just don’t make television like that any more.
Vespa Gringo is by far the best scooter movie ever. The story of a young man from the Iron Range looking for a Vespa in a foreign land brings a tear to my eye….
Quadrophenia. A most original answer, I know. However, The Who, and Quadraphenia are the reason I’m a scooterist. “I’m not schizophrenic, I’m quadrophenic”
Roman Holiday is a classic and the scene where Hepburn crazily learns how to drive a Vespa was great.
I think my favorite would be Rome Adventure which is not well known and often confused with Roman Holiday. It is from 1962 and starred a young Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette. It is a nice old fashioned movie and had fun scooter scenes in beautiful country sides. I like Quadrophenia and own both movies but quadrophenia makes me sad.
A group of us in Denver scooted to the premier of Larry Crowne last night (thank you to Sportique for organizing it) It is very enjoyable and a good look at the scooter life plus we liked the soundtrack.
The Japanese movie Kamikaze Girls has the most bad ass custom scooter evar. There is even a scooter gang.
the group of scooters in the movie “Repo Man” because it was the UNTOUCHABLES!
Definitely Encino Man.
I like that the main character’s vintage scooter was an important part of the movie.
I want a gas card and a notebook!
Err, umm, hmm, which movie…
Can I say “all of the above” for the win? Maybe throw out there that the original Italian Job has both Mini and scooter porn?
I think the classic Roman Holiday is awesome!
But, If it has to be from TEXAS, then The Legend of Billie Jean is cool.
I’m still waiting to see Quadrophenia, never can seem to find it. :-(
Illnoise, I got you figgered out, you just want an easy list of scooter movies…
oh I forgot
Talented Mr Ripley. Real nice Amalfi Coast shots with handlebar Vespas.
The new Cars2 has Ape scooters all over it.
And the Vespa GS in American Graffiti. Classic.
I love the opening scene from taxi. When it’s over I just start the movie over and over and over….
“Cara Diario” (Dear Diary) is a laid-back Italian scooter movie (only VHS so far) which contains my favorite scooter point-of-view footage of the movie’s director riding (his Vespa) through the suburbs of Rome. During his ride, he asks well-to-do residents why they tore down the classical architecture of the prior period (1920’s thru the 1950’s) to build “ticky-tacky little houses all in a row.” After lamenting the loss of quality in Italian movies, culture, & music, the director confronts his possible loss of quality of life due to an impending and fatal illness.
Mondo Scooterama is really funny and filmed completely in Seattle Washington. Vespa’s, Lambretta’s, and Mopeds all in a movie about two scooter clubs the Demons and tha Saints!
“The once dominant scooter gang, the Demons, launch a fiendish plan to rebuild their declining membership. When the member of a rival scooter club falls for the girlfriend of the Demons leader, he finds himself unwittingly ensnared in their plan.”
Well Roman Holiday was the reason why I bought my Vespa…hey I figured that it was my best chance at being Audrey Hepburn ;)
But there’s another obscure movie with scooters, I believe Lambretta’s, and it stars Dean Martin…I think the title is “the man with a 1,000 bedrooms”. An old cheesy movie about a hotel mogul who gets engaged to an Italian girl who rides said scooter to work (for him), but he ends up falling in love with her older sister.
Someday maybe I’ll be in a situation where I’d feel safe enough to ride in a flowing skirt and high heels, sans helmet. For now though, it’s pink chaps and full face helmet de rigure.
by the way, I LOVED LARRY CROWNE on so many levels!
Of course the prize package is over, but did anyone see the CBS show CHAOS episode ‘Deep Cover Band’ at the begining there is a Vespa chase supposedly in Hamburg, Germany. Find this quick, because this show has just been cancelled.
Contest closed (for a couple days now, btw) I’ll pick a winner tonight.
It better be me, you dirty sunnuva…
I can’t believe no one said Dumb and Dumber. “I get 70 miles to the gallon on this hog.”
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