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There's a Message in Every Bottle (1969) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Short
Original Title: Thereu0027s a Message in Every Bottle
Director: Nick Boris
Released: 1969
Video type: Movie
A teenager recalls an incident where he and three of his friends used fake IDs to buy and consume alcohol in a bar. Following, he was caught by the police and convicted for driving while intoxicated, and he and his friends were additionally convicted for fraud for using the fake IDs. An off-screen narrator tells some facts about alcohol, its consumption, its effect on the human brain and the rationale for having a legal age restriction for its consumption. Despite some positive effects of alcohol when consumed responsibly, the narrator also dispels the myth that many teens have that alcohol makes them appear older to others. In this situation, the narrator also mentions that the teens' actions have a wider ranging negative effect on the bar itself, despite the bar staff doing due diligence in checking ID. The question becomes whether this brief act of wanting to appear older is worth having his driver's license taken away, having to sell his car and having a life long criminal record.
Cast overview:
Wayne Byers Wayne Byers - Himself - Narrator (voice)

The LP the kids dance to on the beach appears to be side 2 of 'Strange Days' by The Doors (although the label has been defaced.)



Reviews: [2]

  • avatar

    Hulbine

    Sometimes, when you make a message so heavy-handed and obvious to kids, they have a tendency to do the opposite--just to be oppositional or because the film accidentally makes the bad behavior look pretty cool. I remember an anti-drug ad I loved when I was 4 or 5 years-old. My friends and I thought it was so neat, we acted out the scene where the drug dealer approached kids with drugs--and we got in a LOT of trouble because of this when adults saw us doing this. But we were just being kids and the ad actually encouraged us. This is a lot of what I saw when I watched "There's a Message in Every Bottle". The film is narrated by square adults and the more it preaches, the more many teens probably couldn't wait to try the evils of drinking! Believe me--the more you tell many kids not to do something, the more they want to do it!

    The film tries hard to be hip--and it stars VERY ordinary-looking teens who are dressed up in bathing suits, cut-offs and the like as they have lots of fun in the sun...as well as roasting weenies. All the while, the square guy narrates--giving WAY too much technical information and none of it seems to have anything to do with the teens in the film. Then, fortunately, the narration stops and the story begins. After finishing their beach fun and weenies, the group decide to use fake IDs to go drinking--with disastrous results!! Although, while they are drinking, they do seem to be having a heck of a good time! Talk about a mixed message! And, what did the Gemini rocket program have to do with any of this?! Yet, inexplicably, it was inserted into the film--as were fantasy sequences of one becoming a movie star and another becoming a big-game hunter! And, it only gets weirder after this!

    Overall, a completely goofy film that couldn't have possibly turned any teens away from the real dangers of drinking. Even with some VERY explicit photos of corpses that you assume died from drunk driving, the film is so bad that it's actually unintentionally funny and worth seeing for its camp value.

    By the way, did you notice at the end that the narrator talks about how having a record for underage drinking could prevent you from being able to enlist in the military?! Since this was made at the height of the Vietnam War, that's yet another reason it might have encouraged viewers to drink heavily and TRY to get arrested!!
  • avatar

    Cogelv

    Something happened to the warning movies you saw in Driver's education class in the late 1960s. Instead of stern warnings with buckets of ketchup like BLOOD ON THE ROAD, we got sunny pieces like this, filled with fluffy music and warnings that if you got caught drinking illegally, you would never get a job with the federal government, because they demanded people of the highest moral character. Must've broken Bill Clinton's heart.

    I can assure you that we were not concerned with this issue in 1969, which is clearly aimed at the people who aspired to be part of the Pepsi Generation, judging by the visuals.

    One visual gloss is interesting: when the kids go into the bar with fake ID, they are dressed informally. All of the adults getting sloshed are dressed formally, the men in suits and ties, the women in dresses and discreet jewelry. The youngsters can't figure out how they are singled out for attention.