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Knight Rider 2000

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Kitschy '90s made-for-TV movie has action violence.

Movie NR 1991 95 minutes
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For fans of bad TV and cheesy made-for-TV movies from the era before The Sopranos heralded the so-called "Golden Age of Television," here's a goofy slice of questionable nostalgia. Knight Rider 2000 is a good barometer to show far television has come since the days when David Hasselhoff and a pompously-charming talking Trans-Am drove around LA busting bad guys, with the crime of the week solved by the end of the episode, two episodes tops. It's hilariously bad and corny, but not without some self aware humor to let the viewer know that the movie's creators are (mostly) in on the joke as well. It's set in the year 2000 (hence the title), and there's a genuinely funny reference to one "President Quayle" (best for parents alive at that time and history buffs of all ages), and a couple other references to contemporary (at the time) figures and events that show a spark of satire.

That said, the referential humor is easily overshadowed by scenes in which the "Knight 4000" takes the car chase to the next level by floating down the canals of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Or the barely-concealed smiles and laughs of the Banana Republic and Guess?-clad locals at the mall while Hasselhoff and bad guy/Hunter Thompson doppelganger Mitch Pileggi punch, kick, and headbutt their way across the mall's upper level. Or any scene that requires anything resembling emotional range on the part of the actors. Yes, it's bad, but yes, it also has some entertainment value and is enjoyable if only because they just don't make this kind of stupid escapist entertainment anymore. But it probably shouldn't evoke nostalgia -- quite the opposite. If anything, it should make one feel glad that television is less of the proverbial "vast wasteland" that it was 30 years ago.

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