Bob and Carol Saunders attend a group therapy session at a remote cabin location. There they encounter other couples who learn to become open with their feelings and sexuality. When they return home they find that their friends Ted and Alice are too repressed.
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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 treasure of the '60s.
I consider the last five minutes of the film, from the moment the characters leave their room, as a great slice of cinematic grace. The rest of the movie is an interesting satirical comedy of manners. Recommended.
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.