"Did you ever meet someone who said ‘We'll be wild and crazy and free', and then discover she was using the imperial we?"
I can’t say no to Alan Arkin, even if I have to strain my ears for every delivered line. This road film sees Paul Benedict and Arkin drive from Missouri to New Mexico, getting into all sorts of hijinks. It’s an extremely strange film, and only gets stranger as you realize it’s a Malick script through and through, and the cameos range from Richard Kiel and John Milius to George Raft and Ida Lupino.
I laughed so many times at this film, particularly at Arkin’s Cooper, but it’s also twinged with a bit of sadness. Who is this rambling man to whom even the business of trucking is hard to navigate? Benedict plays a good accompanying role in this sense—he’s the common sense of the pair.