The Coca Cola Kid (1985)

The Coca Cola Kid



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Movie Info

The ugly American bullying his way through a foreign country was a subject for comedy in several films of the 1980s, most notably Bill Forsyth's Local Hero and this film from exiled Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavejev. Eric Roberts plays Becker, an aggressive marketing executive for the Coca-Cola Company; he has been assigned to figure out why sales in hot and dry Australia aren't higher. Becker comes up against a low-key but formidable adversary, T. George McDowell (Bill Kerr), whose homegrown … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002



as Becker

as T. George McDowell

as Juliana

as Bushman

as Fred

as Philip

as Mrs. Haversham

as Country Hotel Manage...

as Mr. Joe

as Marjorie

as Newspaper Vendor

as Marching Girl

as Rock Musician

as Rock Musician

as Rock Musician

as Rock Musician

as Projectionist

as Chambermaid

as Security Guard

as Quarantine Officer

as Flight Steward
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Critic Reviews for The Coca Cola Kid

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Yhe mix of earthy symbolism, offbeat eroticism, the picaresque and the rough-and-tumble social, rather unpolitical satire now seems poured from a bottle that has been left uncapped overnight.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Top Critic

A plot that goes AWOL in the interests of true love, and Roberts, as the kid from Coke, who is well on his way to becoming the world's worst actor.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's cutting edge is never very keen.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

[A] mild, uneven social satire.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An oddball comedy that is particularly well-timed to coincide with the current Coke marketing circus.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The satire is peculiarly fizzless

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Coca Cola Kid

A strange, quirky, yet predictable comedy, romance, adventure in Australia. I half like it and half hate it, so it's okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A movie about a guy whose life is selling coca-cola, and how he learns that there is more to life? In the 80s, I can't see this movie being too popular, but it does have a nice lesson. The film itself is not much to look at most of the time, and kinda strange at times since it takes place in Australia, a popular continent in the 80s. Plus, Greta Scarcchi's character is really annoying. Overall, the movie is so-so.

Lisa Spader

Sweet little story -- but I think the cover art stinks. Roberts looks psychotic, and they somehow made Scaachi look bad (how is that possible?).

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