When Jonathan Demme concocted SOMETHING WILD, he opened up the floodgates to dozens of derivatives that miss the point of juxtaposing violence and comedy. One is UNDER THE HULA MOON, a SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT movie with delusions of social satire.
Betty (Emily Lloyd) and Buzz (Stephen Baldwin) share a trailer in the Cactus Gulch area of the Arizona Desert. Their dream is to move to Hawaii. Betty seeks this goal by entering sweepstakes, while Buzz tries to market his invention, a potent sunscreen called Cammo. Unbeknownst to the wishful
thinkers, Buzz's psychotic brother Turk (Chris Penn) has just busted out of prison and murdered a motorist for his car.