In the late ‘60s, a changing social and political climate inspired a new generation to live outside the mainstream. When an incident at Alice’s Restaurant plays a pivotal role in a young man’s avoidance of the draft, he will consider the small price to pay to keep his freedom and beliefs.
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This is such a difficult film to review. Parts of it are so beautiful, other parts awful. But that is also what the era was like, and this film is very representative of that, even if it is seriously flawed. The eponymous song by Arlo Guthrie certainly was great, and gave a good snapshot of the era. The song is better than the film that was based on it. Still, worth seeing, an historical entry in the "New Hollywood".
An incredible film, and to reply to those of you who consider it "dated" and "messy", wasn't that period messy and confusing in itself? From what I read and saw about it, it seemed to be that way for the people. I wasn't so much into Arthur Penn until watching this film, but now I want to see everything he directed. I think "Alice's Restaurant" is one of the best films of the era and would deserve more praise.
Definitely a child of it's era unfortunately so messy and meandering the real purpose of the point gets somewhat lost along the way. Also havn't never really knowingly heard the song before made things all that much more confusing. Not the quintessential 60's film I was hoping for.
Never seen a movie so dated; a fun watch but seriously unfocused. Dede Allen to the rescue!!! Arlo's performance is suprisingly solid. Featuring on-screen performances by Pete Seeger and Joni Mitchell!!!