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Changing (1971)

A young family tries to cope with the shifting social values that arose in the 1960s.


Hubert Smith




In evaluating his life and not liking what he saw, a man quickly and radically changes from what western society considers a conventional life to what it labels "hippie". This change is both physical and mental. He feels his new perspective on life has brought him closer to his wife and his two children. As being a hippie is considered counter-culture, he and his family are increasingly being isolated in society, even from certain old friends and acquaintances. Even at his trucking job where he has worked for over ten years and where the owners who used to treat him like family, the relationship has changed solely because of how they perceive his new look and attitude. One of the most important aspects of the change is in how to deal with his children and whether their marijuana use is a double standard as they have taught their children that illicit drug use is wrong. Written by Huggo

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We tried to confront our problems, so let's get high!
9 March 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Several sets of people go to a group session to deal with their marital problems. The women speak in the current (as of 1970) argot of needs and validation. The men mumble, a bit bewildered by the entire process, but trying to make an effort to save their marriages. Then they roll and share a joint.

Looking at this movie, I am impressed by the old dictum that men marry the woman they see while women marry the men they can make into the man they want. Or perhaps men are less introspective and until some one makes a point of it, they don't bother to change. It seems significant to me that when the lead couple catches their son with drugs, it is the man who raises the question of whether they need to stop using pot themselves while the woman wants to just talk about it.

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1971 (USA) See more »

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The Social Seminar: Changing See more »

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Alhambra, California, USA

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