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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 search for their "missing" daughter. Larry and his best friend, Tony (Tony Harvey), inaugurate a search, but their expedition is sidetracked by a drinking binge at a local bar. Meanwhile, Lynn and Tony's wife, Margot (Georgia Engel), begin discussing their sex lives. Jeannie does finally return home, to constant questioning by her parents… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Mr. Forman's specialty is tender farce played out in what are, essentially, very bleak circumstances."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It remains his [Milos Forman's] best film in and about America."
‑ Vadim Rizov, Village Voice
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An engaging, episodic, wonderfully fair-minded satire about runaway children and anxious adults."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Forman's first American film is an idiosyncratic and original take on the generation gap."
‑ , Film4
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