Rude Awakening (1989)



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Cheech Marin and Eric Roberts play two draft-dodging hippies who flee to a commune in Central America where they stay for 20 years. When they return in 1989 and seek out some of their old NYC buddies, they find they've turned yuppie and things just aren't what they'd expected.
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Eric Roberts
as Fred Wook
Cheech Marin
as Jesus Montea
Andrea Martin
as April Stool
Julie Hagerty
as Petra Black
Louise Lasser
as Ronnie
Cliff De Young
as Brubaker
Dion Anderson
as Dr. Binibon
Peter Boyden
as Dr. Childs
Nicholas Wyman
as Dr. Albert
Ed Fry
as Agent Drome
Patrick John Hurley
as Agent in Jungle
Daniel Chapman
as Agent in Jungle
Bill Carraro
as Agent on Street
David Peel
as Hippie Singer
Greg Rex
as Hippie Singer
Dr. Timothy Leary
as Diner at Ronnie's
Jerry Rubin
as Diner at Ronnie's
Bobby Seale
as Diner at Ronnie's
Rosanna Iversen
as La Fleck Model
Michael Louden
as La Fleck Model
Charlie Gates
as La Fleck Model
Darrick Harris
as La Fleck Model
Janet Harper
as La Fleck Model
Larry Attile
as Agent Blandish
Deena Levy
as Wanda
Amy Glass
as Twin
Buck Henry
as Lloyd
B.J. Jefferson
as Newscaster
David Eigenberg
as Lawrence
Mark M. Lewis
as Faculty Member
Basia McCoy
as Woman on Street
David King
as Yuppie
John Rowe
as Student at School
Bradford Tatum
as Student at School
Edward James Hyland
as Man at Newsstand
Hugh Hayes
as Student on Street
Robert Kramer
as Aaron Russo
Michelle Hurd
as Student on Street
Dulcy Rogers
as Student on Street
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Critic Reviews for Rude Awakening

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

It's far from being a professional job, but Rude Awakening probably wouldn't be as much fun if it were.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The movie is very uneven, but it does manage to do a couple of crucial things that those tributes haven't. It shows us the zany heart of '60s counterculture, and it reminds us that the zaniness was a form of political expression.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's hard to be against a movie that's against war. Which is the most enthusiastic thing you can say about Rude Awakening, a witty concept that never quite materializes into a movie.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Rude Awakening is utterly without merit, and its "give-peace-a-chance" message during the final credits is lame to the point of being offensive.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A sincere, somewhat nuanced, relatively uncliched, and actually judicious look at both the 60s and 80s and what they mean in relation to each other.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Only Louise Lasser, as the vivacious owner of the Nouveau Woodstock vegetarian restaurant, gives any hint of what might have been achieved with a little imagination.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rude Awakening


***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

This is one of my all time favorite movies. Too bad it's not out on dvd. My vhs is worn out... Funny silly movie!

cherelle plat
cherelle plat

Hilarious! A personal favorite.

Leo L
Leo L

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