Wow. Did not expect an 80’s movie to be so real and hit so hard. Redford directed the heck out of this film and the actors knocked it out of the park. Mental health is an issue that Hollywood loves to treat showy, like therapists are magic or something. Redford was so subtle with the topic and how people deal with things individually on many different levels. Hutton and Sutherland’s relationship felt so real. Just a great film.
Add this to the list of vibe movies (think Once Upon a Time in Hollywood…, Dazed and Confused, etc.). PTA’s version has a little more heart than those others but still seems to be perfectly fine just existing. No need to muddle things with plot. Just hangin’ out with interesting characters. The real stunt here is pulling off this kind of movie with first time actors. Both Haim and Hoffman acquit themselves well. I’m partial to Hoffman’s Valentine as he was such a schemer.