The film's beginning has the group shown living together in a London flat with and as they roust themselves up in the morning they run through some Beatles-like humor and quips. Arriving at work they're assigned to work on a series of commercials as stunt coordinators for a British meat company whose billboards with the slogan "Meat For Go !" plaster the London cityscape. Dinah, the model for the ad campaign (known as "The Butcher Girl") is played with all sorts of beguiling 60's cuteness by Barbara Ferris (CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED).
the commercialism of his life and work steals a Jaguar sports car from the commercial shoot and along with Dinah, they both run off to the English countryside with the ad company and the remainder of the group in pursuit. Finding a group of young squatters in a burned-out building on the military proving grounds of the Salisbury Plain (where The Beatles would film portions of HELP ! about the same time). Steve & Dinah take refuge with the pot-smoking outcasts who confess to the duo that they're looking forward to moving into heroin (which seems a pretty surprising mention in a teen-oriented movie from 1965). After an attack by soldiers, they flee where they next encounter an unhappily married couple in a large country estate(played wonderfully by Yootha Joyce and Robin Bailey) who keep a large collection of antique bric-a brac in a desperate attempt to hold on to their earlier happy times. Steve and Dinah speak wishfully of making it to an isolated island off the coast of Dorset, but they along with the viewers seem to be resigned to the fact that they'll never escape.
With its total lack of youthful exuberance or the celebration of the liberation that the by now exploding pop music world might bring HAVING A WILD WEEKEND instead seems to look forward to burned-out hope of the late '60s and one can only wonder what the gaggles of teenagers who this product was aimed at thought of it at the time. Not a great movie, but an interesting take on that fleeting moment that was the "swinging sixties".
All above screen captures are from the Warner Archives MOD DVD