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  • Awesome Music: Controversial as the film may be, its soundtrack is pretty well-liked.
  • "Common Knowledge": It didn't only gross $16,111 at the box office (that was a weekend take from its New York run that got quoted in a studio ad),note  and the football helmet Peter wears in the war scene isn't the same one Jack Nicholson wore in Easy Rider (they're both gold-colored, but Head 's helmet was modern and had a facemask, while Easy Rider 's was an old-fashioned maskless one). Also, the "From the guys who gave you Head" story has never been confirmed.
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  • Cult Classic: Earned a following among Monkees fans and lovers of oddball films.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Lord High 'n' Low wears a buckled hat and black cape in his first appearance, and a fur vest later on. Also, Inspector Shrink wearing an apron under his suit jacket.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Frank Zappa, dragging a cow and talking about the messages in the Monkees' music.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
  • Values Resonance:
    • Inspector Shrink foresaw the rise of cyberculture.
      "A new world, whose only preoccupation will be how to amuse itself. The tragedy of your times, my young friends, is that you may get exactly what you want."
    • The film's commentary on TV and shallow entertainment has aged surprisingly well.
  • Vindicated by History: Although the film was a commercial flop 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: There were few drug references anyway!
    • 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.


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