Having a Wild Weekend / Catch Us If You Can (1965)

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Having a Wild Weekend

Synopsis:
A young stuntman (Dave Clark) and model (Barbara Ferris) run away from their commercial shoot and take a trip across England. Their zany adventures include getting involved in war games, visiting a dude ranch, and being chased by police during a costume ball.

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Response to Peary’s Review:

As Peary notes, this musical road trip adventure — directed by John Boorman and starring the Dave Clark Five — is a bit of a dated disappointment. The film’s satire of consumerism and advertising is heavy-handed; the kids’ “zany adventures” (except for the costume ball) are boring; and the songs are less than memorable. With that said, the movie remains a vivid snapshot of a certain time and youthful energy in history, and may be worth a one-time look for this reason alone.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • The far-out costume ball
  • An interesting “companion piece” to A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Must See?
No; this one is only must-see viewing for fans of the Dave Clark Five.

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One Response to “Having a Wild Weekend / Catch Us If You Can (1965)”

  1. First and last viewing.

    Clearly designed to cash in on the wild success of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, yet it fails with every frame and is forgettable with each passing, dreary moment.

    Nothing works here at all. In their limited brush with fame, the DC5 did have at least a few songs that were, understandably, hit singles. With the mild exception of ‘Catch Us If You Can’, none of them are used in this film.

    Just awful and unwatchable, really.

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