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Hands on a Hard Body

In the part of Texas where pickup trucks are more revered than holy sacraments, some folks will push themselves to the limit to literally get their hands on a new one. Each year in Longview, a local Nissan dealer holds a contest: the person to stand the longest with one hand placed firmly on the surface of a new Nissan Hardbody drives it home. Doesn't sound too hard, until you consider a previous challenge lasted 87 hours. S.R. Bindler's diverting documentary chronicles the 1995 competition and the quirky group of 23 contestants pushing themselves toward victory. Unfortunately Bindler's craft isn't as solid as his subject matter, and several key moments of this potentially riveting real-life drama go shamefully unwitnessed by the camera. Still, it provides a telling glimpse not only of human nature, but also of Texan culture. You only wish some of the truck's suitors would spend an equal amount of time with a book on English grammar. Presented in standard 1.33:1 and Dolby Surround 2.0. Textual supplements, keep case.
—Gregory P. Dorr



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