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Psych-Out Reviews

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November 15, 2008
Another drug culture exploitation film from AIP at least manages some well-drawn characters and a semi-involving story - but it still succumbs to the usual excesses of these kinds of movies, namely seemingly endless abstract montages set to annoying psychedelic music. There are a few effective scenes - especially toward the end - and the capable cast includes Jack Nicholson and Dean Stockwell, who are always interesting. Watchable, but not really entertaining - the point where it becomes tiresome depends on how much peace and love rhetoric you can stomach.
November 12, 2008
awesomely bad, but a bit painful to watch. Jack Nicholson did some strange stuff in the 60's man.
October 18, 2008
Interesting primarily as a time capsule of the hippie movement, and early roles for now big hollywood names, this extremely thinly plotted film also boasts some then experimental camera techniques and one of the first real sound tracks.
½ June 4, 2008
dern,nicholson, stockwell....tune in, tune out.. drop out
May 11, 2008
This is a late night favorite for me.The playful trippy San Fran scenes are very fun.The plot is silly,the acting eh eh,the ending a big bummer,but hey Nicholson,Stockwell, the friggin Seeds,and The Alarm Clock!
May 9, 2008
Compare Roger Corman's The Trip to this, and you're comparing the results from a gifted impresario and showman to that of a real filmmaker. With great early racked focus work by the legendary Laszlo Kovacs.
½ April 12, 2008
Where else are you gonna find Jack Nicholson and Dean Stockwell decked out in psychedelic garb?
½ March 28, 2008
Crap. Don't bother unless you want to see Jack Nicholson with hilarious hair.
March 23, 2008
MUMBLIN' JIM! This movie reminded me of Scooby Doo for some reason. Maybe it was the psychedelic artwork painted on the van. Jack Nicholson and Richard Rush regulars Adam Roarke and Max Julien are great as hippy bandmates - they even get into a violent brawl with some thugs in a garbage dump! Flower power indeed.
March 11, 2008
un film pas très original sur le plan esthétique, mais avec une histoire drôle, de la super musique (seeds et strawberry alarm clock), et cette ambiance sixties géniale.
bref à voir si vous aimez le genre, pas un indispensable, mais vraiment cool.
½ February 25, 2008
Loved this movie in 1970.
Favourite quote:
"The Seeker's freaking in the gallery!"
February 17, 2008
A young girl Jenny ( Susan Strasberg) runs away to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother. Jenny is an outsider and is the innocent, she is also deaf and seems lost but then she is befriended by Stoney (Jack Nicholson ) and his band 'Mumblin Jim'. So it really is the opportunity for lots of scenes of hippie commune living and night clubs with psychedelic light shows and music. Dean Stockwell plays Dave and i can't get over how young he looks in this film, he is kind of like unrecognizable with his long hair and hair band! Bruce Dern is there also as the girl's brother, who seems to have spent too much time on acid and spent some of his time annoying the local thugs, who for some reasons (which isn't made clear) want to get him.Yes, it is dated, that is why i like it. It's all very colourful and the hippies seem all lovely and happy. There is a moral code about relationships and love, running through the film, as Dean Stockwell plays off Jack Nicholson by goading his relationship with Jenny with his 'hippie' morality. Stoney doesn't do relationships but he soon cares for Jenny within the progress of the film. This is a hollywood film capturing San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury and its Hippie, free loving community in the late 1960s but The film does have some wonderful scenes of that area during that time of flower power. The film loosely has a message and shows people on hallucinating drugs such as STP and the bad effects which can happen. Such as,when Warren (Henry Jaglom) is 'freaking out' and seeing his friends as zombies and then looking at his mummified hand and wanting to slice it off. Jenny, finally takes drugs and runs out into the city and not really understanding what she has taken, she starts to have a bad trip and is very close to being killed or injured until Stoney can find her. The band members, while searching for Jenny's brother known as the Seeker, bump into the gang of louts who attack them and attempt to rape Jenny. The hippies fight back and win to protect their new friend. An entertaining film, dated because of the characters and situation, but also with a clear educational tale every now again within its plot about hallucinogenic drugs.
But Jack Nicholson can' t mime all that well with a guitar, but he did look kind of groovy!
February 3, 2008
Roger Corman is one of my fave directors. No one else pulls of a no budget flick as well. This is so 60's groovy with lots of acid use, Jack Nicholsen, Bruce Dern....can't say enough. Another all time fave.
February 3, 2008
It's About Drugs And Hippies And 1960's Rock & Roll. Looks Really Cool. Peace, Love, Freedom, Happiness!
½ January 22, 2008
Nice film about a rich girl looking for her lost brother in mid sixties san fransico, Nicolson again brill and Sunsan Strasberg is so beautifull.....and again what a soundtrack thanks to the likes of The Seeds and The Strawberry Alarm Clock..
January 18, 2008
Susan Strasberg is Lee Stasberg's kid. He invented "the method." or taught it to a buncha famous peeps w/ lotta lil gold statues in on their fireplaces. her acting sux in this film. in all of her films. which cracks me up. tho Adam Roarke is godlike in this flick. and most of his films. Jack is Jack. Bruce Dern was still cool back then. its a fun flick and rich rush was the best director of biker flix whose last name wasnt Corman. tho i'm sure the guy who reviewed this 'un in french below me sed lots of smarter shit than me. peace.
January 9, 2008
A great look at the the late 60's flower power era in America. A rare gem!
December 29, 2007
ok 4 c'est peut etre bcp et un peu surestime, mais cette petite serie b est un concentre de plaisir pour tout amateur de l'ambiance 60s. l'histoire n'est pas grandiose, mais voir jack nicholson en zicos dans un groupe psyche c'est plutot enorme, avec en plus une bo a tomber par terre (strawberry alarm clock, ou les seeds dans une scene incroyable).
clairement pas un film qui a boulverse la fin du monde, mais on y trouve bcp de plaisir, et une image amusante et fraiche (quoiqu'evidemment un peu cliche) de la scene psych/hippie de frisco dans les 60s.
½ December 26, 2007
Bruce Dern as 'The Seeker',he seeketh his stolen sculpture & Dean Stockwell is the Hippie Guru who sayeth very little as he is too stoned.Need I say more about this weird-trash 'Drive-In' flick?.
December 22, 2007
I love psychedelic drug movies........ and its got hippies and Jack Nicholson too!
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