A young man named Victor (Mark L. Young) realizes the shortcomings of the Utopian ideals on the hippie commune where he was raised. Victor's mother (Andie MacDowell) is funding the commune ... See full summary »

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Adam Sherman

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Adam Sherman
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Joni Barth Joni Barth ... Rachel's Mom
Kirsten Berman ... Jenny
Mark Boone Junior ... Victor's Father
Joseph Castanon ... Little Mackie
Richard Edson ... Pete
AnnaLisa Erickson ... Nancy
Shiloh Fernandez ... Jake
John Fleck ... Chad's Dad
Kevin Gage ... Hypnotist
Hanna Hall ... Becky
Gregorio Gregorio ... Sam (as Zia Harris)
Rutger Hauer ... Insley
Loni LiPuma Loni LiPuma ... Rachel's Friend
Andie MacDowell ... Victor's Mother
Ann Magnuson ... Chad's Mom
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A young man named Victor (Mark L. Young) realizes the shortcomings of the Utopian ideals on the hippie commune where he was raised. Victor's mother (Andie MacDowell) is funding the commune where the guru Insley (Rutger Hauer) hypnotizes and seduces women with a technique he calls "running". Insley manipulates the minds of these women so that they give him their bodies and all of their worldly possessions. Victor's childhood love, Becky (Hanna Hall), returns to take care of her deathly ill father. Victor, haunted by visions of Becky's death, is desperate to save her and himself by escaping from the cult. Preoccupied with Insley's free love philosophy, the adults of the community overlook the painful reality that the self destructive behavior of their children is most certainly due to early exposure to sex and drugs. To afford an escape, Victor tries to sell marijuana, but is cut out by rivals competing for Becky's affection. Finally, Victor is torn between getting money from his mother... Written by Strand Releasing

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Generation Lost

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Drama

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Becky: They never planned for the future. They weren't supposed to get old and we were never supposed to grow up. The lost, the unwanted, and the abused came here with the purest of intentions, to build a place where there would be no rules, other than a peaceful existence. There are no couples for them. For them, there is only the moment. They tried to raise us to be perfect in their perfect new world and for a moment, maybe it worked. But I think they finally saw their own shortsightedness and ...
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Pervert
Written by Milo Aukerman (as Milo Jay Aukerman) and Tony Lombardo
Performed by Descendents
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Fantastic, if you can relate
13 March 2013 | by zak-amesSee all my reviews

Fantastic movie... if you've experienced countercultures. If you haven't, you might not get it. This film makes no effort to bring in uninformed audience members. (In sharp contrast to Saving Private Ryan, where a war journalist character, for our sake, knows nothing about war.)

It's human nature to compete and/or differentiate ourselves. This commune homogenizes everything, removing traditional channels of competition and expression. (I've lived in a town like that!) If this film had shown character development, it would have been forced and faked. What it does explore is how how self expression prevails, albeit in a warped and perverted form, despite these constraints. It's a very interesting film.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happiness Runs See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,674, 9 May 2010

Gross USA:

$7,199

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,199
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