directed by Jim Sotos
USA 1985


One of the first generation of R-rated teenage sex comedies (before they were replaced with PG-13 ones in the nineties and then the second wave of R-rated and unrated ones now), HOT MOVES tells the familiar story of a group of friends who make it their mission to lose their virginity over the summer. All four have comic failed encounters with beach bimbos, waitresses, and a transvestite (probably considered raunchy in the eighties but far less vulgar than anything in contemporary examples of the genre) while the main guy has faces temptation from other women while trying to get into the pants of his sensitive girlfriend (eighties teen crush Jill Schoelen) who wants more from their relationship. Some funny bits, nude jogging in slow motion set to the theme from CHARIOTS OF FIRE, a ton of Venice Beach location footage to pad the running time, lots of eye-straining eighties fashions, and songs from unknown artists that run the gamut from cheesy to excruciating to quite catchy.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 17 May 1985

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DVD Review: Code Red DVD - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:25:18

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.27 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Code Red DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Michel Zorek, Adam Silbar, Peter Foldy, and Jim Sotos
• Interview with Michael Zorek (4:3; 13:10)
• Interviews with Adam Silbar, Peter Foldy, and Jim Sotos (7:28)
• Still Gallery
• Introduction by Michael Zorek (00:15)

DVD Release Date: 21 October 2008

Chapters 1



Although the screener from Code Red appears to be the finished DVD, there is no scene selection menu; indeed, the feature is presented as one chapter (2 counting the 15 second introduction). Though not derived from optimal source materials, the 1.78:1 image looks quite good (grainy as expected without digital manipulation) and mono audio is mostly clean though some of the roughness on both probably stems from shooting conditions (i.e. harsh contrasts in sunny medium and wide shots compared to the close ups in which fill was likely applied).


Extras consist of an audio commentary by two of the actors, the writer, and the director and interviews with the four (which sounds much cleaner than the poor quality recording of the one on Code Red's other Jim Sotos film SWEET SIXTEEN). A short still gallery rounds out the extras consisting mainly of scans from the pressbook.

 - Eric Cotenas


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