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film writing by nicholas vroman

Don’t Stop!

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Don’t Stop! follows the story of wheelchair-bound 46-year-old Cap, whose lifelong dream was to ride a Harley down Route 66. Cap’s the kind of otaku whose room is lined with Americana. In leather and jeans and black T’s he mimics an idea of a rock ‘n’ roll outlaw. To fulfill his dream, writer Ayuma Takahashi and pretty boy actor / first time director Kenji Kohashi pile a crew, Cap and his family into a couple of Winnebagoes and hit the great American road. The result is a disturbing cultural window and not a particularly good movie. Most distressing is how Cap is constantly exploited. The poor guy, who can hardly move on his own, gets taken up a mountainside with Herzogian effort, plopped into a sweat lodge, taken to lonely stretches of highway and posed on the seat of a hog – merely for the photo ops. The crew’s foibles and unnecessary histrionics often push Cap out of the frame. A hero’s journey as sad nightmare, someone should have put a stop to it.

Originally published in EL Magazine, Sept. 2012.

Here’s a song I wrote about this movie.

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Written by Nicholas Vroman

September 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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