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Vindicated by History: Although the film was a commercial flop (it only grossed $16,000 in 1968 dollars) and was regarded at the time as too "adult" for the Monkees' young audience (which ultimately destroyed their 60's careers), today many critics and movie buffs consider it as a truly expressive statement of the time period, and a sample of some of The Monkees' finest work.
Actually, the boys were stoned on pot pretty much throughout the movie. The TV series as well.
Drugs played a well-documented role in the film's conception. The Monkees, Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson brainstormed ideas on a weed-and-booze-soaked weekend getaway, then Nicholson allegedly wrote the story outline while tripping on acid.