4.5/10
1,140
13 user 4 critic

Rude Awakening (1989)

R | | Comedy | 16 August 1989 (USA)
In the 1960s, two hippies go off into the jungle to evade the FBI. When they come back to New York in the 1980s, their fellow hippie friends have become rich yuppies.

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When a native-born American citizen of Mexican descent is mistakenly deported to Mexico, he has to risk everything to get back home.

Director: Cheech Marin
Stars: Cheech Marin, Daniel Stern, Paul Rodriguez
Up in Smoke (1978)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

Directors: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong
Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin
Nobody's Fool (1986)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Cassie has a miserable job in a bar, is lonely and depressed. Her boyfriend left her when she told him that she's pregnant. After several failed suicide attempts, she'd given away her baby ... See full summary »

Director: Evelyn Purcell
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Eric Roberts, Mare Winningham
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary that explores the connection between income tax collection and the erosion of civil liberties in America.

Director: Aaron Russo
Stars: Aaron Russo, John Turner, Joe Banister
Lonely Hearts (1991)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Alma, a lonely woman, falls for the conman who steals her money after seducing her. Frank doesn't want Alma around him, but he cannot do anything about the situation in case she goes to the... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lane
Stars: Eric Roberts, Beverly D'Angelo, Joanna Cassidy
Options (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An MBA goes to Africa to make a deal, but come out with a Princess.

Director: Camilo Vila
Stars: Matt Salinger, Joanna Pacula, John Kani
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An eccentric marketing guru visits a Coca-Cola subsidiary in Australia to try and increase market penetration. He finds zero penetration in a valley owned by an old man who makes his own ... See full summary »

Director: Dusan Makavejev
Stars: Eric Roberts, Greta Scacchi, Bill Kerr
Rude Awakening (1998–2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Billie Frank, an out of work alcoholic actress, used to be somewhat of a star in her day, but now she's all washed up. With the help of her mother, Trudy, Billie tries to pick up the pieces... See full summary »

Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Jonathan Penner, Lynn Redgrave
Blood Red (1989)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

The history of a Sicilian family who emigrated to America years ago and now lives in California cultivating vine. The problems start when they have to confront themselves with a powerful ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Masterson
Stars: Eric Roberts, Giancarlo Giannini, Dennis Hopper
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the criminal and violent world of modern-day Gypsies based in New York City, their 'king' Zharko Stepanowicz passes his leadership to his unwilling grandson, leaving the skipped father resentful.

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: Eric Roberts, Judd Hirsch, Susan Sarandon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Down on his luck and working in a Mexican restaurant in Australia, an American tourist is hired by a icy heiress to pose as an obnoxious new boyfriend in an attempt to make her father accept her current boyfriend.

Director: Michael Gottlieb
Stars: Cheech Marin, Emma Samms, Vernon Wells
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Ronnie Summers
...
...
...
Agent Brubaker
...
Dr. Binibon
Peter Boyden ...
Dr. Childs
Nick Wyman ...
Dr. Abbott (as Nicholas Wyman)
Michael Luciano ...
Martin
Amy Glass ...
1st Twin
Becky Glass ...
2nd Twin
Edit

Storyline

In the late 1960s, two hippies are forced to leave their friends as they are wanted by the FBI, who see them as criminals. They hide in the jungle for 20 years, secluded from the outside war. In the late 1980s, they find out that a secret war is about to start in the US, and decided to return to New York to tell someone about it. What they find when they return is that all of their fellow hippies have become rich yuppies, like everyone else, and that no one wants to save the world anymore -- they just want to buy it. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two hippies come back from 1969 to get the bad news. Nobody wants to save the world anymore. They just want to buy it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Guatemalan Papers  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,121,542, 20 August 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,169,719
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cut from the film was a scene where Cheech Marin has an acid flashback during which he imagines the three FBI agents to be Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, and Henry Kissinger. See more »

Quotes

[talking to a multicolored statue]
Jesus Monteya: Hey, I'm really into colored chicks, man.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Before closing credits: "This picture is dedicated to all the people who care about the planet.

BE GOOD" See more »


Soundtracks

Rude Awakening
Written by Rick Rose
Performed by Bill Medley
Courtesy of Curb Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rude Joke On Itself
11 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This appeared at a convenient point in time for pop culture self-examination through the movies; the narrative intent is that we can review the 1980s through the lens of 1960s thinking.

It starts off with a 'reprogramming' of a dropout via LSD and movie indoctrination. This could have been something clever...instead it deteriorates by hallucinating through "Up In Smoke" and Leone westerns.

The 'ideal world' is depicted as "Woodstock", with the main characters stolen out of "Easy Rider". They take an excursion through "Salvador" and "The Mosquito Coast".

The whole thing, production-wise, staggers about in a manner as clumsy as "Where the Buffalo Roam" and "Animal House". It resolves through "Deer Hunter", "Stripes" and the Beatles' 'Revolution'.

The point of all this is to tear down the detached, colorless, sexless, 'boozh-wa' 1980s and reindoctrinate the audience to 'the truth' with the 'romantic' drug of the movie. An audience is assembled in the movie to first provoke (in us)the intended feeling of 'guilt', and the second time to sublimate into 'activism'.

As I wrote earlier, it's just not clever. The problem is, it doesn't know how to target the comedic center. Everything ends up as a target, including Roberts because he doesn't know how to play this in a smart way -- there's no winking at the viewer. The producers thought this was 'affirming', oblivious to the joke on themselves.


2 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page