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Running Wild Reviews

RUNNING WILD is an inept rip-off of SOMETHING WILD, with stick-figure characters on a motor trip where rhyme and reason thumb for a lift in vain. Having survived a suicide attempt, Carlotta Matthews (Jennifer Barker) agrees to a loveless marriage to an older man, Vince (Mike Kirton). Her plans change after the arrival of Vince's ne'er-do-well son Frankie (Dan Spector), who beats his father to the honeymoon bed. On the run from Vince, Carlotta picks up and seduces a hitchhiker (Mitch Hara), who dies immediately thereafter. She then makes a grisly discovery: he was carrying a severed head with him. Carlotta escapes his clutches, preserving her keepsake on ice. She then journeys to Mexico, where she is joined by Frankie and his best friend Miller (Daniel Dupont). Having found out that Senor Crespo (Alberto Fabian), a Mexican bandit, has put a bounty on the head, they deliver it to his hacienda. Chastened by her brushes with danger, Carlotta splits the reward with Frankie and Miller but decides to give marriage with Vince another whirl. The two friends take off in Vince's car, only to die in an accident caused by the car's defective steering mechanism. RUNNING WILD strikes a series of hip poses without any substance to justify them, making a lot of noise but little sense. No matter what transpires, this pseudo-cool enterprise keeps grinning like Batman's Joker in the mistaken notion that simply interspersing farce and tragedy is a formula for sophistication. The rap sheet for this criminally onerous opus includes offensive stereotypes, dunderheaded dialogue, clumsy comedy staging, and performances so feeble you'll feel as if the crew took over on a moment's notice after a mass exodus by the real cast. Bearing unfavorable comparison to superior road flicks like TRUE ROMANCE (1993) and TROUBLE BOUND (1993), RUNNING WILD has been strung together in a jangling but enervating manner not alleviated by the classic rock n' roll tunes that dot the soundtrack without design. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity, nudity, sexual situations.)