Agreed 100% Apparently every man in the 70s was an incredible creepbag
Minnie and Moskowitz started off so strong (the drinking scene between Minnie and Florence alone is worth the watch) but about an hour in my tolerance for Seymour Cassel's character just completely gave out until between him and the dopey and sappy ending I just couldn't take it anymore. Despite this, the scene with Zelmo was hysterically awkward. "Look at your eyes, they're so moist!" -- a riot!
Seems to get name-dropped much less often than the rest of Cassavetes' major features, and I don't understand why; love has always been a major theme of his work and never is dealt with more directly than here. One of Cassavetes' best, warmest, and most accessible films. Needless to say Rowlands is great, as is Seymour Cassel.
YAY!!! IT STEAMS ON NETFLIX. I saw this once -- 38-39 years ago -- and it has stuck with me.
Though having rewatched it, just now, the "Minnie and Moskowitz" of the 18 or 19 year old me -- the "Minnie and Moskowitz" generalized in my memory -- and the "Minnie and Moskowitz" of this 57 year old, is pretty different (sort of like the "Notes from Underground" of my 20th year and the "Notes from Underground" of my 30th).
As I said of "The Passion of Anna" being Bergman's "Love Story", I suppose this would do for being Cassavetes' "Love Story". This one really breaks all the primary illusions you find in romance films, from being "unlucky in love" to the ritual of "meeting of the parents." Recommended in line with "The Passion of Anna" and Kaurismaki's "Shadows in Paradise."
this is so close to real life as opposed to ideal love presented in commercial cinema,most of the ppl never find their soulmates ,if et all such a thing exist as charlie kaufman says hollywood has a bad impact on ppl love lives,this movie is too close for comfort but it also shows how to dramatize real life which a such hard thing to do
And I refer to the subject of love. @ Roger Hayn. Not too sure what you refer to in terms of dialogue, the dialogue is original and always engaging to me. In terms of emotional release there are some really beautiful moments, for example when they go dancing and Moscowitz does the hand stand. Or at the Ice Cream parlour. Humanism and realism have been done on film by many directors, and Cassavetes nails it here.
As always Cassavetes' unique style of camera movement, editing and framing is truly engaging, but unlike A Woman Under the Influence or Opening Night, it lacks those gorgeous moments of emotional release that make the often meandering, slightly unrealistic dialog tolerable. The acting is fantastic in terms of body motion (nervous ticks etc.) and vocal tones but the words can leave much to be desired. 3 stars.