Why did it take me so long to see this film? Its wonderful Nicholson has never been better.
A good example of the difference between most modern movies and 70s flicks. A simple story evaluated by the performances. Also, a bit of premature ejaculation on display can do the soul good.
In lieu of a review I have decided to post a definition and my own addendum. realism |ˈrēəˌlizəm| noun 1 the attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly 2 the quality or fact of representing a person, thing, or situation accurately or in a way that is true to life See Also: The Last Detail and Jack Nicholson's performance there-within.
I really enjoyed this film. Loved the pace, dialogue, and the look of the film. It seemed made without an audience in mind and the character's interactions felt very real b/c of it. Reminded me of Husbands and Mikey and Nicky. I love films from the 70s. Great over;apping of images - done at right time, just enough. Watched just now on crackle.com for free by the way. I will be on the hunt now for more Ashby.
A simple linear story line film by the great Hal Ashby with non linear emotional monkey wrenches inserted that results in exquisite character development and deconstruction plus a covert meta narrative commentary about race relations, circa 1970's, during the slice of post vietnam America.
The main draw of this amiable comedy-drama from director Hal Ashby and screenwriter Robert Towne is the great character performances from Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, and Randy Quaid. Beyond that, it's slow paced and just too long, never reaching the comedic or dramatic heights you expect it to. Often considered one of the classics of 70s American cinema, but it's really only a minor achievement.