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Overall Rating
1.67

Awesome: 11.11%
Worth A Look: 0%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad: 22.22%
Total Crap66.67%

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Hot Summer in Barefoot County
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by Chris Parry

"It's amazing that professional filmmaking can be this bad."
1 stars

Back in the day, when the drive-in really was just a place to make out, nobody really cared what was being played on the screen. A few stupid laughs, a few gratuitous boob shots, actors who couldn’t act to save their own lives, a two-dollar storyline and a low budget, that’s all you needed to maintain the lie that anyone was actually going to the drive-in for the movie.

In this hokey hillbilly jug-flick, a city cop (Don Jones) is sent on assignment into Barefoot County to bust a moonshine operation. When he gets there, he’s run off the road by local rowdies, nearly killed and then brought back to health by a Petticoat Junction-like family of a mother and her three boobular hayseed daughters. Of course, within a day the lawman has fallen for one of the daughters and decided he’s going to settle down for some of the good life as soon as the case is over, but lo and behold – the daughters are the case. What to do?! Screw the hayseeds and forget your job or screw the hayseeds over and forget the screw?

Thankfully, it really doesn’t matter since the storyline is so bad and the acting so deplorable that any reason you could have for watching the film up to that point could only be purely voyeuristic. Imagine you made your dad play an action hero in a film your little sister wrote and he had to snog with his cousin in a scene or two. You’ve basically just envisioned the production of Hot Summer in Barefoot County.

Don Jones is beyond bad in the lead role. This guy must have been at least in his mid-40’s, though he’s dressed to attempt to appear like a 30-year-old, and he has the emotional range of a Redwood to go along with his ‘look’. His female co-star, Sherry Robinson, somehow manages to make the worst actor in movie history look competent. I don’t know who she was blowing on the crew to have nailed this job, but surely someone, somewhere asked this girl to audition or read a line or show some evidence that she knows the first thing about acting. She could have done the entire movie impersonating John Wayne and it would have been more convincing.

Really, really sad, woeful, pathetic stuff.

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User Comments

10/19/06 Murdering Mickey Moe A bad movie although the Chicks are sexy Hillbillies and always barefoot! 2 stars
2/18/05 Zeno Reilly Post-Modernist Theatre of the Absurd at its most trenchant and incisive... 5 stars
1/23/05 Louis Bad but fun, gotta love southern fried chicks! 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Jun-1974 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  02-Jun-1975


Directed by
  Will Zens

Written by
  Will Zens

Cast
  Tonia Bryan
  Charles Elledge
  Don Jones
  Valerie Putney
  Sherry Robinson



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