Video Review

Five Easy Pieces

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Jack Nicholson; Distributor: RCA/Columbia Home Video

In Five Easy Pieces, Jack Nicholson is the drifting scion of a cultured West Coast family who has traded his musical gift (the title refers to piano exercises) for sleeping around, heavy drinking, and blue-collar bravado. In Bob Rafelson's polished and observant (but rather cold) film, the character's aimlessness and rebellion reflected America's mood at the time. Karen Black is memorable as Nicholson's waitress-girlfriend, Rayette, and so is Helena Kallionotes as a lesbian hitchhiker who delievers a scathing tirade on the filth of urban living. B

Originally posted Sep 28, 1990 Published in issue #33 Sep 28, 1990 Order article reprints
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