Hopes that the film would transcend the Monkees’ name soon floundered as it was ignored by the hipsters and intelligentsia who rather sniffily looked down on the band as pre-fabricated popsters and as a double-whammy the group’s main teen fanbase were unable to get in to see the film due to age restrictions at cinemas.
Some argue the film was a deliberate attempt by the Monkees’ managers Bob Rafelson and Bert Scheider (Raybert Productions) to destroy the band whilst they were at their peak whilst others suggest they were simply honing their film making skills which would be rewarded with the later successes of Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces. Here at VOEA we see it as being ‘of its time’ and can be categorised alongside the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour as examples of what not to make whilst ingesting large quantities of mind-altering recreational drugs.
Despite all this though it is still worth checking out and thought by many to be one of the weirdest and best rock movies ever made. At 43 years old it’s no spring chicken but still immense fun if a little odd.