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Jack plays a bum "who has no love for himself"
- Jeff Boston
Excellent review, Mr. Sellers. People change as they age, for with age comes wisdom. Nicholson played a first class jerk, an "anti-hero" and actual hero to many viewers of this film for far too long, partly because one of his lines in the diner - "I know what it comes with, but it's not what I want" - characterized too many members of the most spoiled generation in American history, the Baby Boomers. Instead of being the best he could be, the lead character's disillusionment (aka short-sighted stupidity) pushed him to be the worst he could be. The hippie car passenger with the black hair was a hoot, but Nicholson's character I really wanted to give the boot (in the general area of the body where he told the similarly world weary waitress to stick a particular type of food). The bum had no qualms about hurting others. Of course he continuously hurt himself the most.
5 easy pieces
- kevin sellers
Saw it for the first time in forty four years the other night and it doesn't quite hold up. Biggest difference is my view of Jack Nicholson's character, Bobby Dupee. What was the epitome, to a 21 year old viewer, of witty, alienated, 60s cool is, now that I'm 65, a study in egotism, selfishness and cruelty. I find I really don't like anything about this guy. I mean, he's intelligent, but so what, since his intelligence is used as a way for him to feel superior to everyone else, his sister possibly excepted? I certainly do not wish to spend two hours in his company and do not give a rat's ass what happens to him up in Alaska or whatever lonely place to which he's headed. Having said this, let me hasten to add that Nicholson the actor is at the top of his game, and certain scenes, like his speech to his catatonic father, are even more powerful than I had remembered. I guess if I had to grade it for the first time I'd give it a B. The vaunted screenplay by Carol Eastman has some gaps in it. You never know about Bob's mother and, more importantly, what caused his alienation from his classical music family. And the celebrated scene where Nicholson insults the roadside waitress should go in the Gratuitous Hall of Fame, since this is not a movie about the discomforts of mass American culture.
Five Easy Pieces
- Dashiell B.
Alienation is the theme of Rafelson's iconic & moving character study. A piano prodigy returns home to visit his sick father after years working on an oil rig. Nicholson, in his first starring part, earned an Oscar nomination in a role that fits his persona; Black won a Golden Globe for her outstanding performance as Nicholson's girlfriend. Moving in simplicity, this is a gritty & meticulous picture that began an innovative time in 70's filmmaking. If for no other reason you like this movie, "Five Easy Pieces" is worth seeing for the scene in which Nicholson tries to order toast. I give it a 5/5.
One of the 70's most memorable movies
- Brian H.
This was one of the best movies of the 1970s. One of the few to show a man's total dissatisfaction with his life and his family. Jack Nicholson is brilliant, beginning a string of memorable roles, earning his first Best Actor Academy Award nomination with moving work. One of the all-time great scenes is the diner encounter with a waitress who gives him a hard time. Slow moving but very rewarding movie.
Five Easy Pieces
- Bruce Reber
I have seen "Five Easy Pieces" about 5 times but have managed to watch it all the way through only once. Jack Nicholson gives a pretty good performance as a virtuoso pianist trying to figure out what he wants from life while squandering his talent and wandering around aimlessly. He returns to his family, but only finds more trouble and disillusionment. My favorite part has to be the "no substitutions" scene in the restaurant when Nicholson orders a chicken salad sandwich on wheat bread then tells her to hold the chicken between her legs when she refuses to take his order.