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After the ultra sophisticated couple, Bob (a filmmaker) and wife, Carol attend a secluded therapy group (only to observe) they become modernized in their sexual thinking and behavior. Can Bob and Carol's new thinking rub off onto best friends, Ted and Alice?
While its particulars remain rooted in the sexual revolution of the late 1960s, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is remarkably timeless as a classic comedy of manners. Making an impressive, high-profile directorial debut after success as a screenwriter, Paul Mazursky took the pulse of California society better than anyone, especially with this well-cast, sharply observant comedy that begins when sophisticated couple Bob and Carol (Robert Culp, Natalie Wood) attend a weekend retreat that opens their eyes to the possibilities of open marriage and mutual acceptance of extramarital affairs. When they reveal their newfound liberties to straightlaced couple Ted and Alice (Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon), the subtle, behavioral richness of the largely improvisational screenplay (by Mazursky and Larry Tucker) rises to the surface, conveyed through the kind of natural rhythms and pauses that were dramatically in vogue in the fast-changing Hollywood of 1969. The film hasn't lost any of its punch, perhaps because American sexual politics have returned to the conservatism that existed before Bob and Carol emerged as the signature comedy of the swinging sixties. The absence of the late Natalie Wood is the only drawback to the DVD's excellent commentary, which reunites Mazursky, Culp, Gould, and Cannon in a casual atmosphere of humorous reminiscence. --Jeff Shannon
Sadly the streaming quality was so bad we could not watch it :-(Published 15 days ago by jane g. hallisey
Even though this movie is dated, it stills reflects human nature at any time. The cast were picked perfectly for the script, making it feel genuine and the direction was great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vinny987
great movie - a time capsule entry. Natalie Wood...ah...beautiful as always. so talented...
Dyan Cannon...funny ....
great cast - worth an evening of your time
At 106 minutes, it is overlong, and Dyan Cannon is wooden. I expected more, but on the other hand, it is 60s canon. See what I did there? Watch it, if only for the period feel.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
When I was a usher in movie theatre, this movie was playing, loved it.Published 5 months ago by Bruce Butler