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Newlyweds Jim and Kathy accidentally acquire a large amount of marihuana while on the way to their honeymoon in the countryside. They decide to keep the stash and use it for their own ... See full summary »



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Newlyweds Jim and Kathy accidentally acquire a large amount of marihuana while on the way to their honeymoon in the countryside. They decide to keep the stash and use it for their own enjoyment. The original owners of the drugs track the couple down, however, and begin a game of cat and mouse with hilarious consequences.

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20 March 1981 (Canada)  »

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The First Hello  »

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CAD 2,500,000 (estimated)

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Nice photography, shame about the script..
7 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An escaped convict teams up with a Peter Pan-obsessed, hitchhiking girl who suffers from social problems on the road and together they trek into the 'High Country' to get away from their respective problems. But with the police on their trail and the J M Barrie lovin' lady's overprotective father close behind, can their newfound relationship last?

There IS such a thing as being too lovable, and Linda Purl proves it as she jumps around the mountain like a chipmunk on acid. Her constant chirpiness is so irritating we really feel for poor Timothy Bottoms, who is forced to shack up with her after he is shot in his retreat from the law. How he ends up falling head over heels in love at the end after finding her annoying for most of the movie (even agreeing to go back to prison for her) is beyond me, but that's Hollywood for ya..

Another thing is her so-called disability.. she says in the finale she has made 'great progress' in her behaviour, but she is EXACTLY the same twee individual that she is at the beginning. Also, it doesn't specify what her condition is.. I would suggest a particularly immature 8 year old kid stuck in an adult's body. She needs therapy, not for her so-called dedicated daddy to accept her tryst with a marijuana smuggler about a decade and a half her senior. Funny how it takes his daughter to fake suicide to get papa to 'come to his senses'. Alarm bells anyone?

Plus points? The scenery is spectacular, and there are some nice little moments, such as a helpless Bottoms being spoon-fed soup in bed or Purl's smackdown of a handglider who tries to get fresh with her. But overall, the clichéd nature of the material and the long patches of nothing overcome it, and you're left with a bit of a waste of time. Plus don't hang around for the credits, or you may just hear the worst song EVER. You have been warned.. 4/10

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