TAKING OFF

Director Milos Forman
Year 1971
Starring Buck Henry, Lynn Carlin
Rating R
Run Time 93min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Milos Forman’s first film made in the US stars Buck Henry and features a supporting cast typical of Forman - lots of unusual faces and awkward body shapes - in one of the funniest movies many people haven’t had the chance to see.

When Larry and Lynn Tyne realize their teenage daughter Jeannie has not come home, they assume she’s come into bad company deep in mean New York City. In actuality, Jeannie is immersed in a crowded audition for the new hot folk star (a great opportunity for Forman to line up an odd assortment of performers, plus Carly Simon and Kathy Bates). The two worlds are smartly cut together, and we soon find the parents at the behest of one Vincent Schiavelli, learning to smoke marijuana along with other upper-middle class couples desperate to get inside the minds of their estranged children. Many antics ensue, and once Jeannie does casually show up at home, it becomes clear who in the family really needs help.

Still no legitimate home video release in this country, so see it on 35mm film while you have the chance! (Cristina Cacioppo)

Screening in 35mm. Part of the series Mixed Nuts.

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