Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

Taking sharp, right-on satirical jabs at the late-'60s vogue for wife-swapping and the spouting of vague psycho-babble, this notorious (in its time) sex comedy, set in California, tells the story of four friends who decide to cut loose… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 17, 1969
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The genius of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is that it understands the peculiar nature of the moral crisis for Americans in this age group, and understands that the way to consider it is in a comedy.

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Emanuel Levy

Like most zeitgeist movies, Paul Mazursky's comedy about mate-swapping quickly became outdated, but it's well acted (by Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon) and serves as a sociological document to the shifting sexual mores of the late 1960s.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Mazursky was lucky to get four such excellent performers working on his project, for the movie lives and dies based on their ability to quietly suggest the inner workings of a human mind.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Oh so hip then.Oh so dull now.

Fernando F. Croce

Benignly erected on knowing observation and flossy anecdote, Mazursky's cultural mood-ring merrily mingles mod flash with Old Hollywood

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This was the first film to really delve into the world of free love in the sixties, while also showing its appeal to the suburban set. Couple Bob and Carol see… More
Jennifer Xu
Hm. This movie has a bit of a monomania complex with sex. I mean, how much can you really push a subject before the tireless repetition kicks in? I lasted about… More
Jim Hunter
A husband and wife, returning from a New Age retreat, entice another married couple to join the Sexual Revolution, replete with infidelity and orgies. Half… More
Jeff Boam
Though the post-Summer of Love goings on remain very much a product of their time, the relevant honesty and comedy of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice… More
Aj V
See what happens when two couples try to live the late 60s early 70s lifestyle of free love and wife swapping, only to learn the consequences in the end.… More
Laura Cameron
Satire about free love and psycho-speak. Two couples, best friends, examine their marriages and the idea of free love and sexual liberty. Their experiences turn… More