Despite the fact this movie did not win any awards it will be a great movie to look back on when looking at Ron Howard's career. It’s well directed, has a fast pace and ultimately has a simple story line with a light feel to it
The basic story is about Sam (Ron Howard) and Paula (Nancy Morgan), who are a couple, who drive to Las Vegas in a Paula’s dad’s stolen car (Rolls Royce) to get married. Once they are on the road an enormous chase ensues as follows:
1) Paula’s ex-boyfriend Colin (Paul Linke) offers a local radio station $10,000 reward for Paula’s safe return to him.
2) Colin’s mother (Marion Ross) offers an $10,000 reward for his return.
3) Soon over a dozen people including the a couple of auto mechanics, police, a farmer, some cool Latinos, a bible seller and the mafia are hot in pursuit.
In each situation too a car is stolen multiplying the number of ‘grand theft autos’.
It’s fast and furious as soon everything ends up at a demolition derby. But the best thing is that the film keeps its rapid pace by staying light and does not go too serious. Everything is done cheap and at the end of the day is provides B-movie entertainment.
Grand Theft Auto is one of the better car chase comedies of the 1970’s. It is a very light on real drama but then again the director (Ron Howard) probably did not expect it to be a blockbuster. It's a good movie that will keep you entertained for 83 minutes. The only downside is that the film is presented full screen.