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Wild in the Streets is a kind of instant classic, a revved-up La Chinoise or Privilege for the drive-ins in summertime.
Despite its rough edges and airy trimmings, the film has a chilling nub of possibility to it.
An often chilling political science fiction drama, with comedy, the production considers the takeover of American government by the preponderant younger population.
For this audience, Wild in the Streets needs no serious political comment and no real understanding of how pop music and the mass media work together. It's a silly film, but it does communicate in the simplest, most direct terms.
Shelley Winters, as George's mother, gives the most tasteless performance of her career, while Barry Shear directs as if he'd seen Dr. Strangelove a few too many times.
Even acknowledging it as a sign of the times, it comes off as awfully obvious in its satiric implications, making easy points while limping its way toward a daft denouement.
It's a dark, dark comment on 1968 youth culture, not always elegant to watch but unusual for its time.
A humorous and inventive political satire that, aside from datedness and some technical flaws, is entirely watchable and witty.
When this modish satire of teenage rebellion was released at the fag-end of the 1960s, it must have seemed a lot more cutting than it does now.
Truly wild in '68, even now an acid high Shelley Winters is unique.
If it's taken as satire, it's passable. If it's taken seriously, forget it.
Tasteless cult teen classic about counterculture youths beating down the establishment to elect one of their own as a 24-year-old president.
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