A deadly gas has been accidentally
released by the US government that kills anyone over the age of 25,
leaving the idealistic young hippies to reshape the world. The
movie follows a couple Coel and Cilla as they head off in their Ford
Edsel to discover what this new world is all about, and to have a groovy
time. Along the way the meet up with cowboys, a militaristic football
team, a militant black man with a pregnant white girlfriend (we are
all dichotomies my man!), and a vegetarian commune. Throw in a
lot of free love, groovy music, and you have a movie.
There were a lot of strange,
almost experimental movies made in the late 60s and early 70s that were
supposed to reflect the times and appeal to the flower children.
This movie is Roger Cormanís attempt to cash in on that community
and feeling and is also one of the last movies that he directed before
going into a long retirement. Iím not sure if he was trying
to make a movie that took the ideals of the 60s seriously or if he was
trying to poke fun at them, but what you have here is a mess of a movie.
I canít remember ever walking away from a Corman directed movie feeling
bored, at least until I watched this turkey. The story is confusing
and barely follows any sort of narrative at all beyond the concept of
a road trip. The people that they meet along the way make no sense
and I absolutely hated the cowboys in the movie. There are actually
some good actors in this movie with Ben Vereen, Talia Shire, and Cindy
Williams coming to mind. But they are given nothing to do but
walk around spouting silly dialogue. Now to be honest I did find
a few amusing things here and there, but for the most part the movie
is just painful to watch.
The picture and sound are professionally
done. There arenít really any special effects in this movie
to speak of. There are a lot of cars in this movie, so I had hoped
for at least a few car chases. But other than a poorly executed
dune buggy chase that is played for laughs there is nothing here.
I can honestly say that this
is the worst film that Iíve ever seen Roger Corman direct. He
is the one director that always managed to make something at least interesting.
Some people may dig this movie, but I just donít get it. Skip