Joe is a fascinating movie that proposes that class divisions are nowhere near as deep and impenetrable as the gulf between the 'greatest generation' and the freewheeling young baby boomers.
Of course, by the late 1970s and 1980s, this was proven demonstrably wrong when the boomers became yuppies, mostly discarded their radical politics, voted Reagan and Bush Jr. in twice, and became almost identical to their parents. (Joe would've LOVED Trump)
But for the early 1970s, the social commentary was spot on. So spot on, in fact, that the movie's violence was apparently cheered on by audiences comprised of real-life Joes.
Peter Boyle is both menacing and hilarious in this movie (and does a great job playing a character significantly…