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A driving expert (and stand-up comic) reviews your favorite movie car scenes

Rev staff - Feb 7, 2023
Illustration of driver in blue car and movies strips in the background featuring various car scenes from movies.
Illustration by María Jesús Contreras

The French Connection. Speed. Fast & Furious. Talladega Nights. Nothing captivates moviegoers like great driving. And nobody knows great driving better than Lyft’s in-house movie critic, Rich Williams. Is he a stunt driver, you ask? Maybe a professional racer? No. Even more impressive: Rich is a Houston-based driver on the Lyft platform, with a five-star rating and more than 5,600 rides under his seatbelt. He knows the ingredients of a top-notch drive. (And, as a stand-up comic, he’s got a way with words.) So we asked Rich to review four iconic driving scenes — not based on the acting, directing, or writing, but on the rider experience — and rate each driver from one to five stars. Grab your popcorn… and buckle up.

Drive (2011)

Scene: After a robber gets shot during a heist gone wrong, the getaway driver flees with his partner and a suitcase full of money.

Rich’s review: I saw a lot of traffic violations. He drove on the wrong side of the road; he ran some stop lights; he endangered other drivers. But to be fair, he was being chased. And the driver looked good while he was doing it! That’s great customer service.

Rich’s rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Lady Bird (2017)

Scene: On the drive to her first day of college, Lady Bird argues with her mother, then jumps out of a moving car.

Rich’s review: The mom did a fine job of driving, but she was very irritating. If your conversation makes me want to jump out of the car, I probably shouldn’t ride with you again. 

Rich’s rating: ⭐️

Booksmart (2019)

Scene: Two high school seniors use Lyft to get to a party — only to hail a car driven by their very solicitous school principal. This doesn’t stop them from watching pornography on the way, with awkward (and NSFW) consequences.

Rich’s review: He did well as a driver. He’s normally a figure of authority, but he had to put on that service hat. He tried to assist them with phone chargers. I thought he was very cool, given the circumstances. But I have to dock a point for the decor. He’s got Christmas lights and hearts — and this is set right before graduation, so it’s not even the holiday season. 

Rich’s rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Wayne’s World (1992)

Scene: Wayne and Garth rock out to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” while driving their friends — including one on the verge of vomiting — around Aurora, Illinois.

Rich’s review: That was clearly their go-to song, so kudos for knowing the audience. But he’s driving a Gremlin! As a passenger, if I see a Gremlin roll up? Cancel. I don’t care if he’s got a symphony orchestra in the back seat. Also, the scene was a little unrealistic. Garth’s got a passenger in the back who looks like he’s gonna hurl the entire time, but he never hurls. In my experience, if you see a passenger who looks like he’s going to throw up, I guarantee you, he will throw up.

Rich’s rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️