Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Starring: Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, David Carradine
This was actually a pretty good movie. I’m not usually a guy who likes family dramas, but there’s something about the palette of depression they used to paint this wonderful picture that really appealed to me. Also, a REALLY young Sally Field, which kinda freaked me out (but she was really good).
A girl returns home after spending some amount of time living with her boyfriend (David Carradine) in a hippie commune. Her square parents don’t get what was going on and show no support whatsoever for… well, really anything that anyone does. Her return makes her little sister mad and causes her to act out her own young teen rebellion, and the whole time she’s trying to not lapse back into the drug culture that she just left. In the end she has to choose between the poor, barely-fed, drug-full life of a hippy with her boyfriend who loves her, or a normal healthy life with her parents who hate her.
This movie shows both sides of the argument really well, and shows how both choices are really, really bad. You’ve got the hippies eating out of garbage cans, while at home her awful parents immediately start using her as ammo in their hateful relationship with each other. The point of the film is that everything sucks, and it comes to it beautifully and naturally. I recommend it if you’re looking for a lighthearted family film, because you’re the kind of person who needs to see this the most.