Harold and Maude (1971)

Harold-And-Maude“A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They’re just backing away from life. *Reach* out. Take a *chance*. Get *hurt* even. But play as well as you can. Go team, go! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room. ” – Maude

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A young man obsessed with death befriends a Septuagenarian who is obsessed with life. Their friendship changes them both forever.

My Take on it – Here is my first of 5 reviews of movies that my good friend Table9Mutant of Cinema Parrot Disco “forced” me to watch after she won my movie road race quiz during Eric of the IPC’s Summer Shitfest 2014.

I was very surprised with this movie since not only had I never heard of it before, but that I saw it is listed as #9 of the top ten Romantic Comedies per AFI.

The two characters of Harold and Maude are so different on their outlooks on life that one would think that there would be no way that they could become friends, but when you think about it, although they are opposites, they really are the same because they are both trying to find something important in life.

I liked the subtle explanations as to why each of them became the way they did and their friendship worked so well.  Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon played the characters so well that I could believe their strong friendship after such a short period of time.

I found myself laughing hysterically at most of their antics together because they just seemed to be having so much fun at it.

Because this is a non-spoiler review, I can’t go into much detail, but I thought the way they ended the movie was superb because of the ambiguity of it all.

Thanks again Mutant!

Bottom Line -Great portrayal of how opposite’s really do attract. Cort and Gordon work really well together.  Has some amazing scenes where the two of them wreck havoc together. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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