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Rude Awakening (1989)

R | | Comedy | 16 August 1989 (USA)
In the 1960s, two hippies go off into the jungle to evade the FBI. When they come back to New York in the 1980s, their fellow hippie friends have become rich yuppies.

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Neil Levy (story), Neil Levy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech Marin ... Jesús Monteya
Eric Roberts ... Fred Wook
Julie Hagerty ... Petra Black
Robert Carradine ... Sammy Margolin
Buck Henry ... Lloyd Stool
Louise Lasser ... Ronnie Summers
Cindy Williams ... June Margolin
Andrea Martin ... April Stool
Cliff De Young ... Agent Brubaker
Dion Anderson ... Dr. Binibon
Peter Boyden Peter Boyden ... Dr. Childs
Nick Wyman Nick Wyman ... Dr. Abbott (as Nicholas Wyman)
Michael Luciano Michael Luciano ... Martin
Amy Glass Amy Glass ... 1st Twin
Becky Glass Becky Glass ... 2nd Twin
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Storyline

In the late 1960s, two hippies are forced to leave their friends as they are wanted by the FBI, who see them as criminals. They hide in the jungle for 20 years, secluded from the outside war. In the late 1980s, they find out that a secret war is about to start in the US, and decided to return to New York to tell someone about it. What they find when they return is that all of their fellow hippies have become rich yuppies, like everyone else, and that no one wants to save the world anymore -- they just want to buy it. Written by Anonymous

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They came back after 20 years to find nobody wants to save the world-- They just want to buy it. See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guatemalan Papers See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,121,542, 20 August 1989

Gross USA:

$3,169,719
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Petra (Julie Hagerty) tells Fred (Eric Roberts) about all the things that he's missed while he was gone, one of the things she mentions is the TV show, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Louise Lasser, who plays Ronnie, was in fact the star of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. See more »

Quotes

[talking to a multicolored statue]
Jesus Monteya: Hey, I'm really into colored chicks, man.
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Crazy Credits

Before closing credits: "This picture is dedicated to all the people who care about the planet.

BE GOOD" See more »


Soundtracks

Comin' Home
Written by Franke Previte and Jim Nuzzo
Performed by Kim Carnes
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Rude Joke On Itself
11 May 2006 | by jldmp1See all my reviews

This appeared at a convenient point in time for pop culture self-examination through the movies; the narrative intent is that we can review the 1980s through the lens of 1960s thinking.

It starts off with a 'reprogramming' of a dropout via LSD and movie indoctrination. This could have been something clever...instead it deteriorates by hallucinating through "Up In Smoke" and Leone westerns.

The 'ideal world' is depicted as "Woodstock", with the main characters stolen out of "Easy Rider". They take an excursion through "Salvador" and "The Mosquito Coast".

The whole thing, production-wise, staggers about in a manner as clumsy as "Where the Buffalo Roam" and "Animal House". It resolves through "Deer Hunter", "Stripes" and the Beatles' 'Revolution'.

The point of all this is to tear down the detached, colorless, sexless, 'boozh-wa' 1980s and reindoctrinate the audience to 'the truth' with the 'romantic' drug of the movie. An audience is assembled in the movie to first provoke (in us)the intended feeling of 'guilt', and the second time to sublimate into 'activism'.

As I wrote earlier, it's just not clever. The problem is, it doesn't know how to target the comedic center. Everything ends up as a target, including Roberts because he doesn't know how to play this in a smart way -- there's no winking at the viewer. The producers thought this was 'affirming', oblivious to the joke on themselves.


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