Harold and Maude

Title: Harold and Maude
Year: 1971
Director: Hal Ashby
Writer: Colin Higgins
Starring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles
Music: Cat Stevens
Distinctions: currently #248 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: whimsically morbid boy falls in love with a batty, hippie old lady
How I saw it: on video, twice (rented), most recently March 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for cinematography) c. 3.4/4 (Very good).

Cute movie. Pleasant and funny. We originally saw it about five years ago, and it’s good for watching every five years or so. Dramatically, the acting is notably lacking in places, but as far as the comedy goes, the performances are good. And of course it has one of the best soundtracks ever.

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