American Stories (2006) – By Brian Morton

 How many times have you just sat around with your friends and told stories? Not trying to top each other, just sharing funny stories that happened to you, or someone close to you. I think that since the dawn of man, this has been a form of entertainment, everyone has had those times, and they’re always good times. That’s pretty much what Rob Lucas’ new movie, American Stories, is about.

The basic story is this, a band, the Little Devils, is traveling on tour when their van breaks down. The mechanic tells them that it’ll be an hour or more before he can take a look at it, they’re welcome to wait. So, as the band sits in the van waiting, they tell stories to each other. Rob has captured a little piece of American here, it’s something that we’ve all done, just share stories with their friends. The four stories loosely connect, as these stories always do, when told in a group. It begins with a story of one band member who had a job in a butcher shop where strange things are happening, that leads to the second story that revolves around another band member having a friend pose as a couple counselor to get out of trouble with his girlfriend. There’s also a story about friends of a band member breaking and entering a house to steal someone’s mothers panties and the final story involves a band member, his brother and stealing a wrestling belt…then paying for it.

The bottom line here is that American Stories is a little slice of Americana, it something that we can all identify with and the stories are genuinely funny, and believable! And the final comment from the narrator of the final story, that these are the best times of their lives, is actually true. We’ve all done this when we were young, and looking back, there’s nothing better than just hanging out with good friends and sharing stories, it really doesn’t get better, and, sadly, you don’t know it until you get older. This is a great movie, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a funny, feel good movie. You can check it out for yourself by dropping by the American Stories web site. I’m giving American Stories four out of four cigars, my highest rating, and until next time, when I’ll tell you about the time my friends and I got kicked out of a topless bar for threatening to bite the waitresses nose…true story…remember that the best movies are bad movies.