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April 30, 2017
A relic from the early 1970's that holds up remarkably well.
March 23, 2013
The power of this forgotten 70's comes from editing. The film's poignancy comes trough its repeated juxtaposition of the liberated world of teenagers with the conservative world of adults.
½ October 10, 2011
A classic case of a movie growing stronger as it goes along. What starts out as 30 minutes of auditions mixed with a girl running away from home turns into a satire of 70s suburban life, drug culture, etc. The pot-smoking lesson would make the movie valuable even if nothing else did.
September 28, 2011
This is the first Forman's AMERICAN film. It is said that the film was not successful because it was still too CZECH :) ...
May 20, 2011
Subtle and well observed comedy, an early hit by Forman. Some may miss the humor, in timing and farcical situations. Suprisingly unkown film by a superb director.
High notes -
Dr - Milos Forman
Ac - Buck Henry, Lynn Carlin, Audra Lindley.

PS. You will see a first appearance by a 13 year old Kathy Bates as a singer, listed as Bobo Bates.
½ April 19, 2011
Brilliant yet underrated slice of 70s culture - and counterculture- in this Milos Forman movie. Loved the music and the characters, and the plot, while never going very deep, kept me interested. Recommended.
October 21, 2010
For a time the inmates really did run the asylum.
August 29, 2010
Un très bon film à hurler de rire sur l'incompréhension et le décalage des états d'esprit. Avec en plus une scène d'initiation d'anthologie et probablement une des premières apparitions de Kathy Bates( Misery) crédité sous le nom de Bobo Bates.
August 15, 2010
Finally I tracked down this film from a Chezch Rep DVD. Milos Forman is one of my fave director's of all time and is sadly very, very underated despite making some true masterpieces. This film was his first crack at American film out of his native country and boy the guy really made a fantastic picture of the generation gap between a married couple and their daughter. Buck Henry is truly marvelous in a very subtle role and carries the film from start to finish and never did i see an actor i saw a character and it's a shame that despite he did have a fluid career he never reached the adoration that he deserves.
Equally amazing is Lynn Carlin and she really is stupendous of a very clueless woman of what is changing in the world. A special mention has to go to Vincent Schiavelli who nearly steals the movie in his 5 minute role as the 'Drug Expert'.
I hope one day the film gets more views and many may find it dated but go with it's charm and i promise you will not be disapointed.
½ December 16, 2009
Tenendo presente che Milos Forman non rientra nei miei registi preferiti, non nego che questo film è sicuramente diretto in modo originale ed innovativo, stando agli anni '70. La storia presenta i problemi adolescenziali, la voglia di fuggire di casa, conoscere il sesso e le droghe, tutti argomenti molto interessanti, ma nonostante ciò questo film è ormai trapassato da anni ed a mio parere aveva tutte le carte in regola per rimanere a lungo nel tempo, ma purtroppo la storia, anche se a tratti parodica e divertente resta comunque banale, ricca di vuoti, e con un finale altrettanto inutile e privo di senso...
December 15, 2009
Come film non lo nego che sia abbastanza originale e assolutamente avanti coi tempi, stando agli anni in cui uscì, però questo film non è riuscito a piacermi. Una trama come già detto originale, ma assolutamente priva di profondità, che nasce in maniera noiosa, si sviluppa in maniera simpatica ma termina con un finale inconcludente e privo di significato. Di sicuro è un film che è piaciuto molto ai suoi tempi, e oggi giorno può ancora piacere, ma io non son stato affatto colpito!
½ December 13, 2009
it is a strange transition movie. forman's transition to america, and american cultural transition. it is a nostalgic movie, more interesting as a curio of the history, but also interesting as a work of art.
Super Reviewer
½ July 1, 2009
A lot of really fun scenes, but never amounts to much more than that.
January 11, 2009
A little hidden gem from the early 70s, this was Milos Forman's first American film. Lynn Carlin and Buck Henry are two uptight parents who learn to loosen up after their daughter runs away. The comic timing is great in this droll adventure through the counterculture, punctuated by singers (including Carly Simon and a young Kathy Bates) who lend a sense of freshness and honesty to the experience. Highlights include the girl sweetly singing the 'fuck' song while playing the lute, and the hilarious scene in which Vincent Schiavelli teaches the fashionable society crowd how to smoke a joint. Overall, with its humor, music, and spirit, the film impeccably captures the time period. It should be seen on a triple bill with Hair and Swedish Fly Girls.
August 16, 2008
I think this is Forman´s best American-era movie, together with One Flew and Larry Flint
June 30, 2008
Said to be one of the worse Forman's films, but it's surprisingly amusing. The gentle humour and refinement of some scenes is refreshing. The story plays just a supporting role.
June 23, 2008
Hilarious, nice structure.
½ June 21, 2008
Hilarious look at the hippie subculture. :))
½ June 19, 2008
An odd time capsule of a movie. It was probably very daring for 1971 (the generation gap, instructional pot smoking, strip poker), but unfortunately, now it just felt...quaint. It's also got a truly odd-ball cast: Buck Henry, Audra Lindley, Georgia Engel, and performances by Ike & Tina Turner, Carly Simon & Kathy Bates (who's billed as "Bobo Bates").
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