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Unless you’re watching the movie baked out of your gourd—as Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper were during filming—the best minutes of Easy Rider aren’t when the two men are cruising long desolate highways, their freak flags blowing in the hot wind. The film’s actually an artsy bore until they arrive in Louisiana, which was hippie-huntin’ territory in 1969, and pick up a spry ACLU lawyer played by Jack Nicholson for the last leg of their trip to Mardi Gras. It’s freak city from here on out: Rednecks hack Nicholson to death with a machete after he leers at a teenage girl in a diner, and Fonda and Hopper mourn the loss by tripping balls in a New Orleans graveyard with two hookers. The whole thing ends with two shotgun blasts and a flaming motorcycle. That’s boring to catastrophic in less than 95 minutes.
THE FILM SHOWS AT 9:20 P.M. AT THE AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 COLESVILLE ROAD, SILVER SPRING. $6–$10. (301) 495-6720.