Looking for suggestions for heartfelt 70's films like Serial

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  1. Kevin Farley

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    Serial (Martin Mull, Sally Kellerman, etc.) is one of my favorite films. (sadly, not on DVD yet...) It's about life in Marin in the 70's (start of new age, hot tubs, open marriage, etc.) that was adapted from a serial column in the Marin County newspaper. It has that sweet nostalgic 70's vibe to it, a sweet comedy. I'm looking for other suggestions that would fit along with this film, some I may have not seen yet. If you haven't seen this yet, try to find it. Martin Mull is hilarious as the Everyman who wants to drink beer, eat meat, and stay "normal" among all of the health nuts around him. Even though I'm more on the side of the health nuts, I feel his pain! Good movie. I haven't seen FM yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Is it good? (I'm just going by the amazingly good Steely Dan song...)
     
  2. Kevin Farley

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    Anyone? Fry? Fry? Bueller? Bueller?
     
  3. Mike Brogan

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    How about Altman's "Nashville"?

    Initialy, you might feel a disconnect with the characters due their sheer number and overlapping dialouge, but I think the great ending and the Lily Tomlin scenes have all kinds of heart.
    Also, this is a movie that couldn't have come from any other time than the '70's. A real classic.

    "Serial" sounds interesing, I've always liked Mull.
     
  4. Andre Bijelic

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    "Smile", about a small town beauty contest, is another good one.
     
  5. Kevin Farley

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    Cool! I'll have to look those up. Thank you!
     
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    Here are a bunch of '70s time capsules, all good to great in quality, all ultimately sweet - even if some are darker humor than others (in no particular order)...
    • Breaking Away (1979 - Peter yates)
    • Fun with Dick & Jane (1977 - Ted Kotcheff)
    • The Heartbreak Kid (1972 - Elaine May)
    • Starting Over (1979 -Alan J. Pakula)
    • An Unmarried Woman (1978 - Paul Mazursky)
    • A Wedding (1978 - Robert Altman)
    • Where's Poppa? (1970 - Carl Reiner)
    • Melvin & Howard (1980 - Jonathan Demme)
    • Play it Again, Sam (1972 - Herbert Ross)
    • Being There (1979 - Hal Ashby)
    • They Might Be Giants (1971 - Anthony Harvey)
    • H.E.A.L.T.H. (1982 - Robert Altman)
    • Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978 - Ted Kotcheff)
    • What's Up, Doc? (1972 - Peter Bogdanovich)
    • Modern Romance (1981 - Albert Brooks)
    • Real Life (1979 - Albert Brooks)
    • Improper Channels (1981 - Eric Till)
    • The Goodbye Girl (1977 - Herbert Ross)
    • Seems Like Old Times (1980 - Jay Sandrich)
    • California Suite (1978 - Herbert Ross)
    • Chapter Two (1979 - Robert Moore)
    • They All Laughed (1981 - Peter Bogdanovich)
    • How To Beat the High Cost of Living (1980 - Robert Scheerer)
    • The End (1978 - Burt Reynolds)
    • 10 (1979 - Blake Edwards)

    Enjoy!
     
  7. Craig

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    Local Hero - released in 1983, kind of a laid back comedy set in Scotland. Wasn't released in the 70s, but to me it still has kind of a 70s vibe to it. If you haven't seen it, it's worth the effort.
     
  8. Walter Kittel

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    Smile is an excellent suggestion. MGM will be releasing this film on DVD at the end of August.

    Unfortunately it is not available on DVD, but another film that comes to mind in this category is 1977's One on One with Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole.

    A couple of other films worth considering are The Paper Chase and My Bodyguard.

    - Walter.
     
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    I wasn't a big fan of this film. However, to this day, everytime I hear "Born to be Wild", I picture Martin Mull on that motorcycle -- it's totally lodged in my brain. [​IMG]
     
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    Saturday Night Fever?
     
  11. Dave Simpson

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    Serial is funny, funny, funny! Anytime now with this one, Paramount (OAR, 16x9, mono sound, no trailer, low price). Cheers.

    DS.
     

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