COUGAR LOVE

If you wanna say yes, say yes to Harold and Maude

(Hal Ashby, 1971). Lost in the shuffle when first released, this often moving oddball black comedy about the relationship between a depressed affluent young man (Bud Cort) and an elderly arty peace-loving swinger who poses nude (Ruth Gordon) has since become a cult favorite. By Elliott Stein

Claire drove a hearse on Six Feet Under, but she wasn't the first teenager to have that idea. The death-obsessed Harold in Harold and Maude is the prototype for today's soft-spoken, brainy hipster boy. In the delightful cult film from 1971, backed by an invigorating Cat Stevens soundtrack, he fake-hangs himself right into the loving arms of a septuagenarian firecracker with a revolutionary outlook on life. Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon are wonderful as the quirky May-December lovers, but Vivian Pickles, as Harold's rich and nosy mom, is a truly brilliant work of art. If you have somehow managed not to have seen this movie yet, it could quite possibly be a revelation for you. By Sharyn Jackson
Mon., July 20, 5 p.m., 2009
 
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