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Movie #3: Harold and Maude [Mar. 7th, 2008|10:59 am]
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For our next movie viewing we have (based on voting): Harold and Maude. Please discuss here.

[User Picture]From: caosb
2008-03-07 01:44 pm (UTC)

Not my cup of tea

I can't say I really cared for the story at all. I didn't really find it funny. The acting and directing seemed fine, but overall I was bored with it pretty quickly.
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From: lovebagsarebq
2008-03-07 11:28 pm (UTC)
weeeeeeeee, im glad this movie got picked!

well i loved the movie. it was hilarious considering the time period it came out in and just the freshness of the story. i love harold's death obsessed character and his fake little suicide attempts. i was quite shocked when they ended up sleeping together. i thought it was going to be a relationship based on just plain ol' love without any sexual encounters. but i guess it comes with the territory of love. it was a pretty sweet movie. i liked how she was so full of life and he was so full of death.
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[User Picture]From: realpestilence
2008-03-09 04:34 am (UTC)
I liked how the sexual aspect of their relationship was just one more happy thing for them. It wasn't treated like it was bizarre or freaky-neither of them doubted the other's motives and it wasn't fetishistic, like most movies would have turned it into.

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[User Picture]From: realpestilence
2008-03-08 03:27 am (UTC)
I've always been amused by the repeated faked death scenes, when he's trying to freak his mom out and she's so unflapped about it. I liked how full of life Maude was and can understand her determination to die when *she* was ready, before being stripped of what made her herself by age and time.

I do think the movie falters near the end. Not the plot so much as the pace, which slows up, as if without the oddball death obsession/life celebration young/old duality, there was nothing to drive it on.

It's a very black comedy, not to everyone's taste, but I like it.
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