Cinema: Between Two Schools

Revolution has gone to college to get its decree, and the phenomenon has not escaped the makers of Getting Straight. With cynical dispatch, they have trained a high-powered telescope on that bit of scorched earth known as the radicalized campus. But in their haste to capitalize on the avalanche of recent headlines, the planners made one miscalculation: they are peering down the wrong end. The people are turned into midgets, major issues are trivialized, and what might have been incisive farce is turned into insult comedy.

Viet Nam Veteran Harry Bailey (Elliott Gould) returns to a university for his M.A. in education....

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