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Long Strange Trip, or The Writer, the Naked Girl, and the Guy with a Hole in His Head (1999)

Magazine Writer Phil Austin meets Stripper Becca on an interview assignment, and ends up giving her a ride to her Dad's "Survivalist" compound in the middle of nowhere.


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Credited cast:
Jennifer France ... Becca
Peter Wick ... Phil
Chris Blanchett Chris Blanchett ... Lars
Debra Pralle Debra Pralle ... Andrea
Rodney Sherwood ... DJ
Charles Leggett Charles Leggett ... Cowboy Hat guy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joy Dixon Joy Dixon ... Waitress
Joe Osheroff Joe Osheroff ... Donnie
James Venturini James Venturini ... Dad


As magazine writer Phil Austin arrives for work in the morning he is struggling to deal with the end of his relationship with his Editor Andrea, the end of his weekly column, and the cancellation of his book contract. Humbled, he reluctantly takes on an interview assignment, and heads for a stip club to interview stripper Becca. She is looking for an escape from her present life, and Phil, feeling he has little to lose at the moment, agrees to drive her north into the sticks, to her Father's Survivalist Compound, knowing little of what he is getting himself into, nor how far or where he is going. Once Becca's brother Lars joins up, the road trip becomes a slow humorous descent into absurdity. Amusingly borrowing plot from "Apocalypse Now," (the film is officially and "homage"), the Canadian border reflects "Apocalypse"'s crossing into Cambodia," and the dad provides a twisted version of nod to Brando's Kurtz. All the while, the story manages to balance it's humor with a subtle ... Written by <juventinopw@netscape.net>

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December 1999 (USA) See more »

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The film is dedicated to the memory of the blue car used at the end of the film, which broke down immediately after that take. The car's final moments are captured forever on film. See more »


Phil: What class you taking?
Becca: You don't give a shit what class I'm taking.
Phil: You're right. I'm still trying to get over 'Bubble-ass.'
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Not Jerry Garcia, more like Dennis Hopper
27 November 2001 | by summermonths14See all my reviews

Despite the title, this is not a Grateful Dead bio pic. It starts out as a '90s styled "independent vision" like "The Daytripers" or "Next Stop Wonderland" that looks like it was shot by Raoul Coutard on a tiny budget. Debra Pralle even looks a bit like Hope Davis but then it gets a lot weirder, going into its own territory that's kind of like a crazy admixture of '80s road flicks like "Ruben & Ed" and darker, more bizarre '70s stuff like "Two Lane Blacktop" or "The End of The Road," and Dennis Hopper's madness in movies like the Canadian nightmare "Out of The Blue" or the proto-Vanilla Ice "White Star." Huh? Yep! Sometimes it's hard to tell whether you should laugh or run, esp. when they finally get to the deserted militia camp, where it almost plays like "Ninth Configuration" rehersals.

The female lead (Jennifer France) is hot, the main guy (Peter Wick, who also directed) has an odd, kinda Charles Grodin dead pan acting style that's totally straight up and there's piles of weird cameos and enough general weirdness, that if a few more people saw it, it might become a minor cult film like "The Next Big Thing or "American Movie." Cool!

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