patrick m. orr’s review published on Letterboxd:
“First, we'll have an orgy. Then we'll go see Tony Bennett.”
the movie is always pitched as the movie where four friends have an orgy, but that’s a pitch that kinda misses the entire point of what this movie is about. more than anything, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is about relationships and how they grow or diminish with age, and the roles we play within such relationships - it’s also crucially about ampersands and how great they can be when used in a movie title.
i wish i knew more about history because i feel like this film coming out in 1969 was a landmark thing. i’ll definitely have to research a little more for the historical context i’m craving, but oh! to be awkwardly squished up on a bed with Natalie Wood and Elliott Gould.