Harold and Maude (1971)

How does a burgeoning screen writer turn his Master’s thesis into a full length motion picture? Set it to as many Cat Stevens songs as possible. And if there aren’t enough, have him write more.

I’m hesitant to classify this as a comedy but not because dark subjects, such as the fleetingness of mortality, can’t be humorous or even because of its unconventional (and at times unsettling) premise of a young man, who falls in love with a woman old enough to be his grandmother.

Whether it was meant to be meaningful or merely amusing it carries itself with as much blithe self- confidence as its titular characters, who bring many poignant moments to what could have developed into a crass overgeneralization of human connection.

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