A simple linear story line film by the great Hal Ashby with non linear emotional monkey wrenches inserted that results in exquisite character development and deconstruction plus a covert meta narrative commentary about race relations, circa 1970's, during the slice of post vietnam America.
The main draw of this amiable comedy-drama from director Hal Ashby and screenwriter Robert Towne is the great character performances from Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, and Randy Quaid. Beyond that, it's slow paced and just too long, never reaching the comedic or dramatic heights you expect it to. Often considered one of the classics of 70s American cinema, but it's really only a minor achievement.
Wish mubi would let me give it 4 and a half. Wasn't 5 material to me but i felt it moved so gracefully. The story just floated along whilst charecter development between the 3 of them gave it a sense of meaning. Great film.