The Movie Snob encounters an oddity.
Harold and Maude (B). Once again I ventured out to The Magnolia Theater for Tuesday night’s “The Big Movie,” this time for the 1971 cult classic Harold and Maude. All I really knew about it was that it was about a relationship between a young man and a much older woman. It was that, but it was also much, much stranger than I was expecting. Harold (Bud Cort, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) is a pallid and very odd young man of about 20. He is obsessed with death and likes going to funerals. Oh, and he drives a hearse. His dad is nowhere around, but he lives with his very wealthy mother, who affects not to notice how odd her son is and tries to set him up with various marriageable young women. Then Harold meets Maude, a woman of almost 80. Maude (Ruth Gordon, Rosemary’s Baby) also likes going to funerals, but she is Harold’s opposite in every other respect—outgoing, scampish, full of wonder at the world around her, and basically life-affirming to the nth degree. If you have a high tolerance for outlandish movies about outlandish characters, this might be the movie for you. I got a kick out of it, but I must say that I thought the ending was not consistent with what had gone before, and it lowered my opinion of this movie a tad.