This thread is about how American Graffiti relates to Star Wars, and how life imitates art. About a month ago, while contemplating alternate viewing methods of the Star Wars saga, it occurred to me that Dex's Diner felt quite out-of-place in the films. Indeed, it was unique in its referencing of an explicitly Earth-bound era, the era in which Lucas's second film, American Graffiti, takes place. In my mind, this meant that this piece of the visual/thematic tapestry of the Saga was incomplete without its larger counterpart. Without American Graffiti, Dex's Diner ws the miniature of... nothing. Whether I liked it or not, my THX-infused Star Wars viewing order was about to make room for another movie, and I was actually going to have to watch it this time. Now, I've been a Star Wars/Lucas fan for years, but the story of American Graffiti: A) Never seemed to get off the ground, even when I did attempt to watch it. B) Never appealed to a fairly non-social nerd-boy like me. Well, until this past month anyway. You see, American Graffiti is about the teenage mating ritual of "cruising" in the early 60's. I may be a 21st century city boy in my mid-20's who's never really driven a car, but the scenarios in the film are especially relevant to any young man looking for experience with girls. Watching the main characters go through many of the same motions and emotions I'd been going through was highly cathartic. I smiled ear to ear and felt tremendous love and good cheer for ALL of the characters. They were having the time of their lives, and so was I. Seeing the characters turn their anxieties and uncertainty into excitement and fun, I was moved by the Spirit, brothers and sisters, and I followed suit. Within less than two weeks I had my "first time" with a lady. The trick? It's in all the Star Wars films. But it's pretty explicit in American Graffiti when Terry "the Toad" attempts to pick up a girl on the sidewalk with a bunch of lines, desperate to start conversation. She completely ignores him. Forgetting his intentions, he yells out an observation that she takes as a compliment. "Did anyone ever tell you that you look just like Connie Stevens?" And she finally hears him. "Try not." That's the trick. "Let go your conscious self, and act on instinct." If you're a young guy, and you still haven't had any luck with women, as backwards as it sounds, do not attempt to make it happen. It WILL happen. Just be comfortable, be patient, "turn off your targeting computer", watch American Graffiti (hey, it couldn't hurt), and be yourself. Yeah, yeah. I know. "Be yourself." How original. Just like my old Prequel forum "everyone is beautiful and deserves to be loved" topic. It's so trite. But it's true. It's all true. There are other things I want to say, like how the character of Jar Jar Binks recalls Terry "the Toad", how young Anakin and Padme's relationship mirrors John and Carol's, how the innocence of the era depicted in American Graffiti matches perfectly with the pre-war Republic, or why the poorly-received sequel to American Graffiti is just as wrongly-judged as the Star Wars prequels. But I could go on and on, and I'm getting tired. My current Saga-viewing order goes: American Graffiti Prequel Trilogy THX 1138 Original Trilogy More American Graffiti And you should try it too! Weclome back, TFN boards. And welcome back TO the TFN boards. And may the Force be with us all!