Taking Off
Taking Off (1971)

Czech filmmaker Milos Forman's first American production stars Linnea Heacock as Jeannie Tyne, a runaway teenager. While she wanders aimlessly around New York, her suburban parents, Lynn (Lynn Carlin) and Larry (Buck Henry), desperately… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 17, 1971
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Forman's specialty is tender farce played out in what are, essentially, very bleak circumstances.

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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice

It remains his [Milos Forman's] best film in and about America.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

At the time of its release, critics welcomed the Czech-born Forman's skewed perspective on a transitional period of American culture, but today the film, like so much else from the late 60s and early 70s, can best be appreciated as a historical curio.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

An engaging, episodic, wonderfully fair-minded satire about runaway children and anxious adults.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Czech director Milos Forman applies subtle European sensibility to his American directing debut, a bittersweet satire of family mores and manners in times of change.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Forman's career pivot point between Prague's film-school halls and the Oscars podium is still a prime example of the way a foreign director can apply an outsider's perspective to something like Nixon's Amerikkka and draw blood.

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Film4

Forman's first American film is an idiosyncratic and original take on the generation gap.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
really funny time capsule of the 70's. can be seen here http://megavideo.com/?v=62MLXWUG
cody franklin
Very original and could only be made in the 70's.It has a Maysles Brothers feel mixed with Formans everyman charaters. I thought the story was a little… More
Tim Sigur
This is a little gem from Forman's early days. I enjoyed it, although it gets a little long at times. It's good to see Lynn Carlin, too.
Grifty G
Great "lost" film by Milos Forman. This was his first American film but it still had the feel of his Czech New Wave films. Very funny movie.
Tom S.
A lot of really fun scenes, but never amounts to much more than that.