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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

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Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place

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Rated R for drug content, language and some nudity
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Magic Bus  »

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$14,367 (USA) (5 August 2011)

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$153,943 (USA) (28 October 2011)
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Ken Kesey is credited for coining the phrase "Do your own thing," and in this film, the Pranksters are shown to be 'inventing' the process of tie-dyeing. See more »

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Love Potion No. 9
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Depressing if you don't want to watch a 2 hour advert for LSD
5 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I read Tom Wolfe's novel and was pretty impressed. I watched this movie and wasn't. In the novel the pranksters have a clear underlying philosophy to their antics and as such mark an important historical beginning of the 60's youth counterculture. In the novel there is a recurring theme railing against the crass materialism of America at the time and a continuation of the artistic beat movement of the 50's. In the movie we're pretty much simply given an advert for LSD. As I understood it drugs and sex were used as a MEANS to a greater understanding and a new philosophy of life. But what we witness in this film is simply irresponsible self gratification and mindless hedonism which I guess is what eventually burnt the 60's out. Maybe Wolfe made it all up and this film represents the reality? If so it was a big disappointment for me. I'm with Kerouac on this one. I'd share a beer with him on that sofa in New York and have a good moan about what a bunch of irritating,vain, stupid,shallow, self indulgent pricks they all were.


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