Cinema: Sound Sleeper

Like Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces before it, Goin' Down the Road is one of the new "road" films in which a stretch of asphalt provides the metaphoric core. Pete (Doug McGrath) and his pal Joey (Paul Bradley) are two wistful roustabouts from the Canadian Maritime Provinces. With 30 bucks and an abused Chevrolet labeled "My Nova Scotia Home," they pick up and head for Toronto.

It is only a question of time before the yokels discover the rottenness of the Big Apple. Unskilled and inarticulate, they dream of opportunity, but the only...