Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1985. The Geffen Company, Marty Katz Productions. Screenplay by Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson. Cinematography by Eric Saarinen. Produced by Marty Katz. Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein. Production Design by Richard Sawyer. Costume Design by Cynthia Bales. Film Editing by David Finfer. New York Film Critics Awards 1985.
Albert Brooks‘s greatest achievement as a director is this dryly witty, intelligent comedy. He plays a disillusioned yuppie who decides that he is giving his soul over to corporate America, so he and his wife (Julie Hagerty) liquidate their assets and hit the road. They want to emulate the heroes of Easy Rider and hit the road to see America, but the best they can do for travel is settle for a camper van as choppers are too impractical. Their idea of free living soon becomes difficult, and the eventual outcome is a sharp observation about putting your money where your mouth is. Excellent writing, direction and acting combine for a shrewd and totally original view of modern times like no other.