A promising premise--60s hippies confronting 80s yuppies--goes badly awry in this comedy from directors Aaron Russo and Robert Greenwalt. Fred (Eric Roberts) and Jesus (Cheech Marin) are the hippies, who emerge from the underground after 20 years in Central America and confront their old
cohorts (Louise Lasser, Julie Hagerty, and Robert Carradine), who have abandoned counterculture ideals in their scramble to come out first in the rat race of New York City, 1989. After a rocky start, the reunited friends set out to radicalize the 80s, with somewhat mixed results. RUDE AWAKENING
has a real point to make about the nature (or lack) of commitment in our times, but it's...