Harold and Maude (1971)

harold and maudeHarold and Maude (1971)

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles

two-stars

This is a dark comedy with a quirky romance and it’s not for the faint of heart! Or I guess it could be, there’s a lot of stargazing sweetness in here as well. So long as you don’t mind a completely bizarre old lady and a kid who keeps coming up with ways to fake his own suicide.

A depressed kid who’s hobbies include pretending to kill himself and attending other people’s funerals is constantly beset by his mom to do something with his life. Specifically, to get married. He scares off all the dates he gets, and instead forms a strange relationship with an old woman he meets at a couple of the funerals. She enjoys stealing cars and inventing strange things, and the two of them are a surprisingly good match.

It’s a fun movie. Dark, definitely, but still fun and quirky in its own respect. Given all the other weird things about this, it’s strange that the thing that sticks out the most is the age difference between the two lovers. Guess that really says more about me than it does about the movie, unless you want to give it the laurel of being able to weird you out, even if you don’t mind a lot of weird stuff.

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