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3.6
441 Ratings

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Directed by Paul Mazursky
United States, 1969
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

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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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Directed by Paul Mazursky

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1970 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

BAFTA Awards

1971 | 2 nominations including: Best Screenplay

Writers Guild of America

1970 | Winner: Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1970 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress - Comedy or Musical

Critics reviews

Alice, they don’t want to know what you think, they want to know what you feel!" So proclaims Ted (Elliott Gould) in Paul Mazursky’s brilliant Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice… This kind of empathetic thoughtfulness, this love for people, no matter how flawed, this observation that life is simultaneously real and surreal, was one of Mazursky’s great gifts as a storyteller.
April 19, 2017
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For his part, Mazursky liberates a powerful, turbulent and contradictory emotionalism. The movie is comical throughout, with lots of satirical, and even mocking, glances at the new habits of the day, including the casual prevalence of drug use and the ludicrous new fashions. Yet the characters, beneath their psychobabble, beneath their ribaldry, and beneath their confusion, display a terrifying vulnerability.
July 01, 2014
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Mazursky’s film is too warm to be called skewering, but the film undoubtedly has some gentle fun with its middle-class boho wannabes. The sexual revolution is a source of mockery here, and Mazursky’s masterstroke is to make his moralizing play like commiseration… It’s not really a sex movie at all, but rather a film about people pawing at the idea of sexual liberation like kittens at balls of string.
December 30, 2013
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