Same period as Harold and Maude (I mean Bud Cort). Wacky, deadpan, unusual film.
I appreciate Robert Altman’s overlapping/jump cuts between story lines and the crazy way everybody ends up mixed together. I appreciate how nonsensical it is. Seeing it with my parents made me think of how crazy our own lives are (in a much less topsy-turvy way) and how sometimes we need a strange, escapist romp to reconsider things. I don’t think they appreciated it, though.
Other things I loved: his use of funky music to set the mood; Shelley Duvall (always); and the guardian angel bird woman who seemed just so pleased in her role. I loved his cinema references: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and the finale circus scene from ‘8-1/2.’ Tiny running jokes (“Hines”), and even the Texas landscape. Like who sets a movie in Houston?