Directed by: Milos Forman
Countries & Regions: United States
Studio: Park Circus
Length: 88 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 7 November 2011
Cat No: PC0036
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1970s comedy in which a couple find a new lease of life after their daughter goes missing. When teenager Jeannie Tyne (Linnea Heacock)... Read More
When teenager Jeannie Tyne ‘takes off’ without a word, her baffled parents embark on a raucous journey not just to find her, but to understand the youth culture that seems to have claimed her. So begins Milos Forman’s first US film, a hippie-era classic that rivals Mike Nichols’ The Graduate as an astute exploration of how the late-sixties generation gap affected middle-class American mores (and surpasses that film for laugh-out-loud comedy).
Another link to the Nichols movie is Buck Henry - the mildly deviant person’s Jack Lemmon - as Jeannie’s stiff-collared father (Henry co-wrote and appeared in The Graduate). His deadpan versatility shines as he and Mrs Tyne (Lynn Carlin) submit to the counterculture; the scene where they join a group of similarly bemused parents to learn how to smoke a joint is one of the great comic set pieces of seventies’ American cinema. For all that, Taking Off feels like a very European film. One of its screenwriters is Jean-Claude Carriere, who the following year scripted Bunuel’s highly comparable The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.