In this dark, affectionate, and rarely seen satire (Miloš Forman’s first feature made in the US), a husband and wife embark on a wild goose chase after their runaway daughter and wind up experimenting with the wild habits of youth counterculture.
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1970's New Hollywood! Milos Forman's first American feature is a gem. "Squares" get begrudgingly assimilated into counterculture and the hippies get absorbed by capitalism. It's fiction, but it's real and it's funny. Fabulous cast led by Buck Henry. Vincent Schiavelli pays himself in a scene which is priceless. Cameos by Carly Simon, Cathy Bates and Allen Garfield, and a knockout performance by Ike & Tina Turner!
Interesting to see how the concept of Liberty is differently understood if you are a Czech director who's had to live in an authoritarian state or if you are an American citizen deprived of nothing. Let us learn our lesson. And don't miss Kathy Bates singing! Recommended.
Just re-watched. Hilarious. Brilliant editing. Lynn Carlin is absolutely splendid, already having loved her from Deathdream and of course Faces. I'd really love to have a drink with her... And while this IS hilarious, it's also incredibly moving in the most subtle way, in the way that the photos of Rineke Dijkstra's youth are so striking: innocence, vulnerability, perfect imperfections of youth, bittersweet nostalgia
This was the generation gap defined by hair. I thought the intercuts with the auditions were brilliant. While the pot smoking scene seems timeless, the poker game drunkenness seemed over the top. Drunks being funny stopped being funny after 'Arthur' (1981), and maybe a bit earlier than that.
Humour served extra dry, with a classic “pot smoking at the ball”-scene that I felt I’d seen before although I hadn’t seen the movie. That classic. Also quite a weird movie, if you stop to think about it. Children run away, the parents get drunk and play strip-poker. And then there are all these girls singing folk music.
Screwed up a lil' bit by secondary acting skills and terrible editing, but is rewarding in a way. You can feel that it's been made by an European looking on America with a pair of his own glasses, which has its upsides and downsides, but joint smoking sequence of scenes is brilliant though!