A young man named Victor realizes the shortcomings of the utopian ideals on the hippie commune where he was raised. Victor’s mother is funding the commune where the guru Insley 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 their worldly possessions. Victor’s childhood love, Becky, 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 polygamous 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 weed but is cut out by rivals competing for Becky’s affection. Finally, Victor is torn between getting money from his mother who is entirely under Insley’s influence, dealing with the violent drama of his drug—addled friends, and staying to save Becky as she spins out of control.
- Adam Sherman
- Mark L. Young , Hanna Hall , Jessie Plemons , Laura Peters, Shiloh Fernandez , Andie Macdowel, Rutger Hauer
This strident expose may gladden the hearts of some anti-'60s conservatives, but it is a shapeless mess steeped in prurience.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 07.07.2010
An astoundingly bad memory piece that blows its potential dramatic heft at every turn.Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 07.07.2010
The film builds on a fascinating cautionary tale, but doesn't develop its characters past whatever movie-of-the-week crisis each suffers from.Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, 06.24.2010
O.K., life without structure or purpose leads to disillusionment and angst, but we knew that already. I'll be darned if I know what deeper lesson we're supposed to learn after suffering through 88 minutes of misery.Rex Reed, New York Observer, 06.24.2010