Harold and Maude (1971)


STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An absurdist coming-of-age black comedy about a suicidal wealthy teenager boy in love with a psychopathic holocaust survivor octogenarian woman.
2) Their romantic hangouts at cemeteries, demolition sites, and industrial wastewater drew a stark analogy to their fascination with morbidity and death. David Fincher‘s Fight Club clearly borrowed heavily from this plot. Just like Tyler Durden and Marla Singer find their mental solace in support groups, Harold and Maude found each other at attending stranger’s funeral service.
3) A fresh soundtrack including “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” by Cat Stevens.
4) Harold’s hilarious suicide enactments to drove off his potential girlfriends.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Psychiatrist: A very common neurosis; particularly in this society, whereby the male child subconsciously wishes to sleep with his mother. Of course what puzzles me, Harold; is that you want to sleep with your grandmother.

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