Hands On A Hardbody: The Texas Truck Documentary

April 4, 2013

A month ago I posted How To Get Kids To Camp: Eliminating The Five Excuses. In it I suggested gathering your high school friends to watch the hilarious 1997 documentary, Hands On A Hard Body. 

Since then I’ve had quite a few emails asking how to get a hold of it. Other than my old VHS copy I lend out it has been difficult to find… until now. They just remastered it and made it available digitally. You can download it for $10 here and order on DVD on April 1st. 

Believe it or not, it’s also been made into a Broadway show. I’m begging my wife to surprise me with a trip to NYC for my b-day. 

Here’s a description of the film: In S.R. Bindler’s 1997 cult classic, Hands On a Hardbody, two dozen small-town Texans compete for a brand-new “Hardbody” pickup truck at a local car dealership. The event is a contest of endurance and sleep-deprivation — whoever can remain standing the longest with one hand on the truck will get to drive it home. Capturing several days of lunacy, laughter, struggle and heartbreak, Hands On a Hardbody is more than a documentary about winning a truck. It is a remarkable study of competition, camaraderie, faith and determination-the ultimate human drama.

If your high school friends like that feeling you get after watching Napolean Dynamite, they’ll love this flick. It’ll leave them thinking “I can’t believe I let my YL leader talk me into spending an hour of my life watching that, it was so stupid. But wow, I feel so much closer to everyone I just shared this experience with.” 

You feel me?

-posted by Drew Hill

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