Rude Awakening
Rude Awakening (1989)

Cheech Marin and Eric Roberts play two draft-dodging hippies who flee to a commune in Central America where they stay for 20 years. When they return in 1989 and seek out some of their old NYC buddies, they find they've turned yuppie and… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 16, 1989
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's far from being a professional job, but Rude Awakening probably wouldn't be as much fun if it were.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's hard to be against a movie that's against war. Which is the most enthusiastic thing you can say about Rude Awakening, a witty concept that never quite materializes into a movie.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Rude Awakening is a shallow yuppie vs. hippie satire blended with one of those old Cheech and Chong reefer flicks.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The movie is very uneven, but it does manage to do a couple of crucial things that those tributes haven't. It shows us the zany heart of '60s counterculture, and it reminds us that the zaniness was a form of political expression.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Rude Awakening is utterly without merit, and its "give-peace-a-chance" message during the final credits is lame to the point of being offensive.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Released smack-dab in the middle of so-called Woodstock Week, the comedy Rude Awakening is an often well-intentioned, yet mostly misguided comedic flashback into the drug culture of the 1960s.

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Rob Beattie
Empire Magazine

With ideals higher than it's leading men, this film can only fall short, failing to back up its flimsy philosophising.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A sincere, somewhat nuanced, relatively uncliched, and actually judicious look at both the 60s and 80s and what they mean in relation to each other.

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Jo Berry
Radio Times

Nice idea, but this is silly rather than comical, and the jokes are hammered home far too hard.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
Hilarious! A personal favorite.