Hands on a Hard Body
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Twenty-four people congregate at a Longview car dealership with the same goal: winning a new, option-packed Nissan Hardbody pickup. To do so, they must keep their hands constantly on the vehicle, minus brief scheduled breaks, until all their competitors drop out from pain or fatigue. A bunch of people standing around for nearly four days may not sound like the most compelling subject matter for a documentary, but S.R. Bindler's masterful film easily kept a packed Texas Union audience riveted (and laughing hysterically) for a full 96 minutes. By letting the contestants tell their own… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"On the one hand, the Hands on a Hard Body contest seems a horrible exploitation of needy people as a publicity stunt to promote a car dealership; on the other, the film reveals an endearing piece of Americana."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Bindler's attitude is absolutely right. He doesn't satirize: he observes, and leaves the satirical view as an option for us."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Bindler's ode to human dedication and endurance in the strangest of circumstances is a rough, unpolished gem of documentary filmmaking."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The result is a quirky human interest story about the need for Texans to drive a pickup."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Scrappy, likable, and immensely absorbing."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"It's engaging as a non-drama of people doing nothing, but suffering a lot."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Far and away the most hysterical and engaging documentary since Spinal Tap, only this was for real."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"It's absolutely fascinating watching what some people will subject themselves to for a free lunch."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"These may not be people whom moviegoers think they want to spend time with, but this is accomplished documentary making, finding universal lessons in determination, struggle, planning, persistence and the relationship of mind and body."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"Tales of Texas don't get any weirder than true-tales of Texas, and Hands on a Hard Body joins the ranks of well-done, weird documentaries."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"One of the best documentaries ever made."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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