Starring: Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort
Release Date: 1971
Directed: Hal Ashby
Writer: Colin Higgins
Genre: Romantic, Dark Comedy
Harold and Maude is a 1971 cult favorite starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort. Harold is a wealthy young man that lives with his detached mother. While observing a funeral he meets Maude, a larger than life women pushing eighty. After a second meeting the two strike up a friendship. At home his mother tries to set him up unsuccessfully several times. Maude teaches Harold how to live by showing him her spontaneous way of life. Along the way the two fall in love.
The first time I heard of Harold and Maude I wasn’t intrigued by the plot. I judged the plot about a young man falling for a women that could very well be his great grandmother. Luckily I was given the chance to watch it and thankfully I took it. I sat down with my father and watched it. That was quit a few years ago now. Harold and Maude is available to watch on Netflix and if you haven’t scene it you should. A perfect example of the blend of dark comedy and romance Harold and Maude is in a league of its own. There is no movie in the world that can compare.
Harold and Maude are complete opposites . She loves life and he obsesses over death. Maude searches for the next great adventure and Harold thinks up a new way to scare his mother. She is pushing eighty and his barely old enough to leave his mothers home. Somehow these two very different people come together and create an unexpected bond. If you come upon Harold and Maude on your cue do not pass it up.