Sunday, October 19, 2014

509. Five Easy Pieces

Five Easy Pieces
Directed by Bob Rafelson

I do respect and love Jack Nicholson, but is anyone else getting a little bit tired of the whole being an asshole for being an asshole's sake persona?  Believe me, I have met enough of those.  They're the people that act like total dicks to you and then when you ask why say "Amanda, you have to stop taking life so seriously.  Some things can't be explained, like the past, and you just have to except that." Wrong form of accept, by the way.  But I digress.

Okay, so Five Easy Pieces.  Jack Nicholson is Bobby Dupea, a complete ass who cheats on his annoying girlfriend and says disgusting things to waitresses.  He goes to see his estranged father and ends up falling for his brother's wife.  Don't feel too bad for the brother, though; everyone is this movie is just awful.

Every good quality in this movie can be found somewhere else, in a better version.  Do you want a great Jack Nicholson asshole performance?  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  You can even find a better version of a brother-brother-brother's girlfriend love triangle in Dan in Real Life.  Yes, I said it.  Skip it.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

The title refers to the name of a piano lesson book.


  1. No, I din't take to this one either.. Yes, the 'look at me I'm a loveable rogue' fails to get to me.. I just see the objectionable asshole.
    Mind you, I think he sort of had a point in the restaurant.. but it wasn't the waitresses fault the place had such an inflexible menu, so don't take it out on her...

  2. I agree with all these comments. I like Jack Nicholson, but not in this one. Kind of a waste of time.

  3. I am... disagreeing... at least to some extent.
    This is not a plot driven movie but a character study of a person who does not want to take responsibility, but flee everytime he has to commit himself. He is an ass, but somehow his "problem" come across well enough for me understand him.
    I rated this considerably higher than you did.