Ah, love. Love makes us think all the weird habits our love interests have are “cute quirks” and we don’t really see them for the freaks they really are. That’s what love does to us: it puts beer goggles on our hearts. Well, what if you fell in love with someone who was obsessed with acting out suicide scenes? How about someone 60 years older than you? For most of us, our hearts sober up pretty quickly and we come to realization that it really wasn’t love (indigestion maybe?) but that’s not the case for Harold and Maude (1971). This isn’t your typical love story, it’s anything but:
1. Harold (Bud Cort) is in his early 20’s, a rich kid from a well-to-do family who falls in love with 79-year-old Maude (Ruth Gordon). Move over Demi, Maude is the ultimate cougar here!
2. Both Harold and Maude are funeral crashers, seriously.
3. Maude can only be described as a free-spirited kleptomaniac.
4. Harold, who is obsessed with death, pretends to commit suicide as a hobby and he is pretty convincing.
5. The American Film Institute lists Harold and Maude as #45 on their America’s Funniest Movies list.
Grab some Oreos and chocolate milk and be prepared to laugh until your stomach hurts, cry like you got a bad haircut and fall in love with the most unconventional couple of the 20th Century!
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