EASY RIDER (1969)
Captain America (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) mount their choppers to go looking for America but, as the movie’s ad tagline noted, couldn’t find it anywhere. Instead, in the definitive motorcycle movie, they find alternative communities of overlooked Americans, a wild and wacky Jack Nicholson (in his star-making role), and the dark heart of anti-countercultural backlash.
Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Ben Stiller’s Mel has a fine pair of adoptive, albeit somewhat neurotic parents (Mary Tyler Moore and George Segal), but he couldn’t leave well enough alone. His search for his biological mom and dad leads him to a pair of burned-out hippie acid manufacturers (Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin) who apparently managed to conceive a child at one point. A friendly reminder that the parents you have are, really, perfectly fine.
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