- Bad acting from everyone involved
- Bad writing, no character development, and a flimsy excuse for a plot
- Blatant racism, including both Young and Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh (as Booji Boy) dropping a slur
- Casual sexism
- Romanticization of car culture despite the vague environmentalist/anti-nuclear theme
- Nuclear apocalypse
- A senseless and gross milk bath
- Less focus on music than you might hope for
- Only one musical collaboration between Young and Devo
Young was clearly fascinated by the phrase “human highway”, as evidenced by recording and performing myriad versions of the song over the years, recording an unfinished album under the same name with CSN in the 70s, and ultimately making this film. Of everything he created that used the phrase, this movie is the worst by a wide margin.
I have some concern that by bringing attention to this movie, I may inspire someone to watch it. Please do not make this mistake. It is not even campy in a so-bad-it’s-good sense. It’s just bad. It makes me think less of Young. He was old enough to know better.
Human Highway: D-
Young and Devo’s “Hey Hey, My My”: A
The entirely unrelated Neil Young song “Human Highway” from Comes a Time: A
Either of the CSNY versions of “Human Highway” from Archives II (2020), originally recorded in 1973 and 1976: A+