Easy Rider (1969)

Easy Rider (1969)

Directed by: Dennis Hopper

Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson

As you can easily tell by skimming through this site, the number one thing I look at to judge a film is it’s story, the plot. Easy Rider does not have a plot. Not really. It’s a freeform exploration of the concept of the class difference in the late 60’s between the hippies and the people who hated the hippies, more or less. Which means that it’s “artsy”, and not a lot happens.

Two drug dealers a driving their motorcycles across America to deliver a shipment of cocaine. Along the way they meet hippies and a drunk lawyer (Nicholson) and small-town rednecks who hate them because they look and act outside of the status quo.

I don’t want to ruin the ending (not sure why, I just don’t in this case), but it’s terrible. Without this really abrupt, out-of-nowhere ending, this movie could’ve conceivably gone on forever, because again, it has no plot. It’s a movie about guys driving and experiencing stuff, and I’m sure that if I smoked pot in the 60’s, this movie would appeal to me a lot more. As it is, I was just perpetually waiting for some sort of conflict to pop up, and it never did.

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