Five Easy Pieces

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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age 17+

Gritty '70s drama about alienation has sex, cursing.

R 1970 98 minutes

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An honest study in flawed human nature

The educational value of this film is the study of the inner conflict and manifested toxicity of an individual malcontent, unwilling to fit into a pretentious affluent society nor a gritty provincial life because he cannot overlook the inherent flaws in both. The film isn't an endorsement of the actions of the protagonist. It's a glimpse into and warning for how a person capable of intelligence and sensitivity can become an insensitive, smarmy, selfish womanizer. This transpires because he is unwilling to confront his own emotional turmoil, is uncomfortable with the brutal honesty of examining his own character, and (as a result of this) has apathy towards the long-term consequences of his actions. This film is astonishingly honest in presenting the behavior of flawed individuals. Life is not a fairy tale. Flawed individuals make flawed decisions. The protagonist ultimately comes to terms with his toxic nature. He acknowledges that he cannot continue on his current path of selfish manipulation and emotional harm. In the end, he separates himself from his family, girlfriend, and society. It is up to the viewer to interpret if he is freeing himself of them or freeing them from him. This film will resonate with thoughtful adolescents. It's a call to seek out help for emotional health if needed. And to be both good to people and to seek out the good in others. Because the alternative could mean finding oneself on a cold lonely journey of isolation with no destination, like Robert Eroica Dupea.

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