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Harold And Maude

5

Teenage kicks...

The bodies may be decomposing, but Hal Ashby’s 1971 black comedy still smells fresher than a clump of daisies. Bud Cort’s Harold is a young man with severe suicide fantasies, who drives a hearse and likes attending funerals. It’s where he meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), a sprightly septuagenarian with a lust for life, who has absolutely no intention of dying if she can help it.

The unlikeliest of romances springs up, but Ashby keeps it tasteful (imagine if the Farrelly brothers had made this – eww). A counter-culture classic, the only thing that dates it is the soundtrack wailing with wall-to-wall Cat Stevens.

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