Cinema: Flab Is Reality

As young people become more restive and their politics more violent, movies about them become more offensive condescending and dishonest. Some invidious ratio is at work here, witness the latest entry in the let's-make-money-off-the-kids sweepstakes, Stanley Kramer's R.P.M. The initials stand for "revolutions per minute" and a movie noteworthy for nastiness. Even The Strawberry Statement, MGM's pasteurized primer on revolution, looks by comparison like Mao's Little Red Book.

The stars of R.P.M. are Anthony Quinn, Ann-Margret and Gary Lockwood, which says a good deal right there. Quinn plays an aging sociologist known as...

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