Tonight I watched Easy Rider with Erik. I’m amazed that I had never seen it before. Wow, what I trip! Literally. It’s a great movie — seems like it really captures the 60s. If you haven’t seen it, I do recommend it, and I won’t give anything away about the plot. You just have to roll with it, ha ha…
As I sat there with my 17-year-old, it occurred to me that an impressionable sort of kid might take the movie as a sort of instructional video for a young rebel. But Erik is pretty cool; I don’t think he will get any warped ideas.
I was surprised to learn that Dennis Hopper directed the film in addition to playing one of the two main characters. I always heard about Peter Fonda making a splash, but Hopper was excellent and stole most of the scenes, at least until Jack Nicholson showed up, and even then he held his own.
If you want to relive the counterculture days, this is your flick!