Restless Natives (1986)
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Critic Reviews for Restless Natives
A pleasant enough traveling companion for 91 unremarkable minutes, but not a flick you'll remember a week from now.
Audience Reviews for Restless Natives
Funny good hearted movie.. and a can't miss if your a Big Country Fan as they did the entire soundtrack.
As a baddass gangsta movie it fails miserably.....as a gentle genuinly funny buddy romp its a triumph. Two lads need money so start robbing tour busses in the Highlands...absolutely brilliant.
A delightful, lighthearted comedy with quite a few genuinely amusing moments. If you've been to Scotland, especially Edinburgh, you will know that the film is affectionately remembered by most who saw it on its release. It conveys the existential alienation felt by many of the underemployed youth of the time but does so gently, avoiding the gritty, degraded, and salacious realities found in Trainspotting and other more realistic productions. Restless Natives takes some comedic shots at Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism and at the US intelligence agencies (via Ned Beatty's workmanlike turn as a CIA agent beleagured in his personal life). It also gently satirizes the Scottish tourism industry and its marketing of the scenic Highlands. The film may be criticized by some for its debt to the sensibility of Bill Forsyth, but its homage to the great pioneer is straightforward, unabashed, and winning. It is a charming, enchanting entertainment that will leave all but the most jaded feeling good. It will also leave memories of some downright brilliant comedic situations.
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