“Why should a young girl like that love an old fart like me? I’d be a meal ticket for her, and nothing more.”
A 17-year-old hippie named Breezy (Kay Lenz) falls in love with a divorced, middle-aged real estate broker (William Holden).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Clint Eastwood Films
- Cross-Cultural Romance
- May-December Romance
- William Holden Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
It’s too bad this early Clint Eastwood film remains so obscure, because it “remains one of the few films that have effectively explored a romance between people so different”. In his second directorial effort, Eastwood deftly examines what it’s like for two “souls” to meet and fall in love across the chasms of age and lifestyle. If two people this different can fall in love and make it work, then maybe there’s hope for our motley world after all! It’s a toss-up whether you’ll find Kay Lenz’s performance to be cloying or appealing, but I vote for the latter: her fresh-faced presence adds a perfect sensibility to the title role. William Holden — giving “an earnest portrayal” as a “lonely, middle-aged real-estate dealer” — is equally effective in a role seemingly tailor-made for him.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Kay Lenz’s appealing performance as the good-hearted Breezy
- William Holden as Frank
- An excellent examination of the difficulties inherent in a cross-age, cross-cultural romance
No, but it’s recommended as an unusual entry in Clint Eastwood’s impressive directorial oeuvre, and definitely worth a look.