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.
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?