This "sassy" gem from the end of the sixties made some buckets of coins at the theatrers at that time from the movie stills from the goddess Natalie Wood in pants and bikini, among the "nasty subject" for american audiences. Pseudo sexploitation for boomer generation that not become hippie, but wanted to feel, or explain, some of it. End of sixties, scream therapy, love. The last ingenuous generation.
Found this an almost physically painful experience to watch at times, so hard was I cringing at the insufferably smug and utterly inane proceedings. Horrendously dated. Gets an extra star for Elliott Gould, who appears to be acting in a much better movie than the one he's actually stuck in.
In Mazursky's film there is a moral and ethical depth and a willingness to deconstruct internal struggles that other films would gladly repress. Grounded in four exquisite performances, the film evolves with its characters, always with an acute sense of satire, to provide a well-rounded portrait of a generation, that might as well be ours. Bob&Carol&Ted&Alice is undoubtedly one of the hidden treasures of the '60s.
Things get all sorts of mixed up as Elliott Gould plays a reserved libidophobe and Natalie Wood slinks into sultry curiosity in this middle-aged hippie farce. I have never seen either of them do anything quite like their roles. A very enjoyable diversion to be sure, one that I'd watch many more times. An amazing set piece at a primal scream-ish retreat, to boot. Did I mention Natalie's butt?