'Written' by Jack Nicholson and featuring wildman actor Timothy Carey AND Frank Zappa in the same movie.' 'nuff said, right?
Some of the movie is uproariously funny too, with a few fun songs (and
some kinda lame). Actually, it might just be better than telling you exactly WHAT the movie is about to just show you clips. I can tell you I dug the movie all I want (I did), but it's hard to put this movie into words. It's a freak-out, it's a happening, baby. It's lots of commercial satire and girls screaming and random dream sequences and anything you can shake an LSD stick at kind of filmmaking.
(Oh, and this is a genuinely charming dance sequence, and for me the highlight of the film among many):
You could also put it on double bill with Brian De Palma's Greetings and get a crash course in late 1960s absurdism, tossed with circus-style
theatrics (did I mention Zappa has a talking donkey with him?) and with Vietnam as the omnipresent spectre of doom. All the while, the Monkees - Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Mike Nesmith- are still charming throughout the picture, as they are - and this is close as I can get to making this actually sensical - in the midst of filming crazy segments for their TV show, which includes disrupting (at the start of the film) a bridge opening ceremony). It's all OF a piece in a way and not at the same time.
Nicholson and Rafelson wouldn't make a movie like it again, including the sense of rabid and almost dada-ist montage, and if nothing else, whether you actually DESPISE the movie (and I'd hope not), it is a unique document of a time when Columbia Pictures - a major studio - would green-light this all because of the name of the band. Head is the kind of movie you smile while having your head tilted at, like a dog looking at a couple of humans fucking.
Oh, and did I mention they're sometimes (or always?) imprisoned by a big black box? No kidding.
Also, the moral of the story is um.... if you're wandering through the
desert and you come across a Coca Cola machine, it better not be empty
or that thing is being blown up by a tank! OR SOMETHING!