A privileged man (Jack Nicholson) disappears from his life to take odd jobs, party and chase women. He is drawn back home by his fathers illness. There he finds an incredible woman engaged to his brother, who he immediately falls for and seduces. But, his clingy, clueless, pregnant girlfriend (Karen Black) arrives in time to spoil the relationship. The ending is surprising but fits well with his general lack of good character.
It's really incredible how those people could just produce these movies back in the early 1970s; movies that were a accurate reflection of their places and time. I don't believe that america has made a wide social and personal portray of it's people ever before and ever since.
A classic drama from right about the beginning of Hollywood's golden age of the 70's, Five Easy Pieces doesn't try to feed you any simple answers. It leaves you wondering about the choices the main character has made and whether each of them was right or wrong.
"Five Easy Pieces" is not the age old "finding yourself" movie. Actually, it's about a guy who runs away from it at any chance he gets. Second only to R.P. McMurphy "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", this is my 2nd favorite Jack Nicholson performance.He is so subtle in this, yet so effective. My favorite scene is the ending, which I will not spoil for you. Let's just say that it's one of the most perfectly executed endings that I have ever seen. It's totally unforgettable.
I saw this when I was a young'un and it left me unimpressed and annoyed. This is one of the few films I've gone back to and my maturity and life experience has tipped my opinion of it on its head. Honestly, and almost regrettably, Five Easy Pieces still leaves a bad mark on me. This isn't to say the film is bad, it's to say it hit me harder than I was even close to prepared for. It's incredible, but it makes me wonder if I should have stayed with my young ignorant opinion.
The film that brought the wandering character study to the mainstream still holds up today because it gives us a great character to work with. And Nicholson plays it with just enough sympathy that we keep watching, no matter what terrible things he says and does. There's been many such character studies since this one, but because of those two factors this still remains one of the best.
This film has a story very simple, but it is much more than it appears. The character of Jack Nicholson is very interesting, deep, funny and full of inner conflicts. The role is perfect for him and he is amazing. Great movie.
Robert's an interesting character because he's so flawed. He' does so many things that are wrong, but I got the impression that he's still trying to be good in some way. Sometimes you just get stuck in a strange place in life. Anyways, the natural look of the film has a comforting quality, and it's just a nicely played character-driven story. Lots of funny moments, too.
This is something that has pretty significant resonance for me. It doesn't thrust greatness upon you, but it creeps up, striking in its eloquence and efficiency. Multifaceted and understated, every scene is perfect, and not a second is wasted. Nicholson is great, and despite his nasty misanthropy, his iconoclasm gives him sympathetic and redeeming qualities.
It's hard to identify with Nicholson's character, who has little else but contempt for the people and things around him. Likewise with his ditzy and often maddeningly thick girlfriend. By the surprising end, he hasn't learned anything, but it seems like he really WANTS to, which sets Five Easy Pieces miles apart from the middlebrow "finding yourself" indies that followed in its wake.