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4.0 out of 5 stars A lost Gem, 7 Nov. 2008
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This review is from: Hippies : The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
I'm with most fellow reviewers here. The joy of Hippies is in the small details that highlight the hilarity and embarrassment of the post flower power era when us "students" (ie anyone too lazy to get a job) wanted to excercise our new political awareness but didn't have a clue how to go about it. We spent our time in "happenings" "sit-ins" and other pointless protests, and some, like Simon Pegg's character here, thought they could change the world with ridiculous or childish magazines read by few and bought by even fewer. We didn't appreciate that you can't scare anyone just by being a Marxist, you have to actually do something. And since most of us didn't know what real marxists did all day we didn't have a plan B, so when we were turfed out (or rather sneaked out) of our university sit-ins we usually looked a bit cold, a bit silly and bit sheepish.
And into this largely forgotten time comes this beautifully observed single series, with the four main characters each receiving a generous helping of the comedy, the plot and the dialogue. While Simon Pegg is the lead role, my favourite is Rhind-Tutt's uppper class laconic loafer. I knew guys like this in my student days for whom even lifting a cadged cigarette to their lips was a "hassle".
Yes there are one or two flat jokes, stilted acting and dud lines but with Linehan and Matthews that is the small price for the huge amount of hilarious and keenly observed humour.
This forgotten series has achieved the accursed "cult" status but it is loved by the tiny number of people who actually remember it, and if you buy it you will surely join them.
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