Wild in the Streets

Director: Barry Shear
Year Released: 1968
Rating: 3.0

Or, "What if the Reign of Terror came to the United States?"  Max Frost (Christopher Jones as an "adult") goes from ripping the plastic off his mother's furniture to making drugs and bombs in his basement to becoming a wealthy rock star ... and then, getting involved in politics, helping out the campaign of Senator Fergus (Hal Holbrook) and trying to lower the voting age to fourteen.  As a "product of its time" it's actually clever and timeless as the youth of society are continuously at odds with the "old" - I was reminded of the "OK Boomer" meme that started in November 2019 with twentysomething politician Chlöe Swarbrick of New Zealand - and while it gets a tad over-exuberant at times and doesn't stand up to rigorous scrutiny, I like the spirit of the message: remember that you too will age, and eventually the next generation will be coming to take your place (and potentially toss you in a "re-education camp").  Shelley Winters plays Max's hysterical mother and her continuous "transformation" throughout is quite amusing (she goes from dabbling in LSD to dressing like Jackie Kennedy) and the idea of disbanding certain components of the government (I won't list the acronyms) is more than a little tempting....