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The Cat Ate the Parakeet (1972)

PG | | Drama | January 1972 (USA)
A lonely kid meets a hippie couple who introduce him to booze and pot. He gets into trouble at home and with the law.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Pine ...
Madelyn Keen ...
Robert Mantell ...
Dawn Frame ...
Arthur Batanides ...
Barbara James ...
Officer Shirley
Johnny Legend ...
Eric (as Martin Margulies)
Sheila Brennan ...
Paul Appleby ...
Mescaline Man
Jane Uhrig ...
Mescaline Girl
Barbara Bartelme ...
Crash Girl
Jeffery Caron ...
Wolf Man
Bert Conway ...
Sean (Cabbie)
'Right On' Kid
Clark Johnson ...


1965, the San Fernando Valley: Johnny is 13, his dad travels a lot and mom is clueless. When Johnny's dog Honeycomb dies suddenly and dad isn't sympathetic, Johnny takes off on his bike. A hippie couple in a pickup truck befriend him after nearly running him off the road, and let him join them in a wine and pot party. They leave him at a bus stop, a cop finds him, and the cop and dad wonder what's up. Next day, dad tries to talk to Johnny who's mum about the hippies. They bring him his bike, take him to their apartment, and more drugs appear. The lad leaves, but by now, dad and the cop are on Johnny's trail. Can Johnny warn his hippie pals in time, and can he and dad connect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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aka Pot Parents Police
8 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This obscure feature has the simple cautionary tenor and the rock-bottom acting/technical quality of a low-end classroom social instructional film. Redhaired Johnny, a suburban Los Angeles teen of about 14, doesn't seem to have any friends, has a horribly bratty younger sister, and two rather old-seeming parents (they look in their mid-50s) who alternate between ignoring and overreacting toward his mild perceived misbehaviors. Dad in particular tends to fly into rages...when he's around, which isn't often (he travels a lot on business).

Johnny really feels betrayed by them when his beloved dog suddenly dies (it's very old and has already had heart trouble), obscurely blaming his parents for that event because they insist on following local laws and having the city dispose of the carcass. (Johnny wants to bury the dog in the backyard.) At this tense point he rides off on his bike and is befriended by a hippie couple who nonchalantly get him stoned and drunk, then dump him on a park bench when he passes out and won't be roused. (They're irresponsible, but not mean-spirited—later they go to the trouble of tracking him down to return the bicycle he'd accidentally left in the flatbed of their truck.)

Unfortunately for the younger generation, Johnny is found in this state by an off-duty police officer who usually works with juveniles; he alerts the parents, who now think Johnny is on the road to ruin with drugs. So does the movie, for that matter, since naturally Johnny crosses paths again with his older friends, leading to a climax in which the kid tries to prevent the hopelessly stoned hippies from being nailed for possession, child endangerment, et al. by the cops that his parents have called to their crash pad. Naturally, there's a "Diane Linklater" moment in which getting too high leads to tragedy for one longhair. Of course, Johnny learns his lesson and dad (played by writer-director Philip Pine, who had a long journeyman acting career in movies and on TV) learns to "relate" better to his son.

This is the only feature of three listed on IMDb by Pine that anyone seems to have seen. From the evidence, one can imagine why: "Pot Parents Police" aka "The Cat Ate the Parakeet" is really amateurish (brief split-screen effects are so crude they seem to be somehow hand-drawn), with performers that seem to have been drafted amongst friends and family. The plot is so basic it could easily (not to mention preferably) have been handled in a 20-minute classroom short. For completist fans of such retro cautionary/counterculture relics, it's worth a look. But it's too slow and earnest to offer much camp amusement, so others will simply be bored.

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