Growing old disgracefully: Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude has to be one of my all time favourite films and the older I get the more significant it becomes. The story of Harold, an odd young man obsessed with death who attempts fake suicides, attends funerals and drives a hearse, much to the disgust of his socialite mother, who is trying to find him a wife. When Harold meets 79 year old Maude at a strangers funeral, his life changes, as she shows him how to make the most of his life.

I’m not going to tell you any more, as you simply have to see it for yourself. Both hilarious and poignant, Maude is a style icon and a role model for growing old and I am fine tuning my driving skills to be more like her!


  • Helen says:

    Sold…. I’m off to order a copy now.

  • Amanda says:

    Jane, I’ve never watched this! Am ordering on Amazon right now. A

  • Hilary says:

    oh you’ve just made my day. wonderful film &music, just perfect

  • Lilac says:

    looks cool, never seen it, will rectify that.

  • Liz Farrelly says:

    For another version of young man / older lady love, watch Elizabeth 1 (Part 2), starring Helen Mirren (as Queenie) and toyboy Hugh Dancy as the Earl of Essex. It features some good, life-affirming snogs, and is free on LoveFilm right now.

  • Krista says:

    I love Harold & Maude > it has been in my top 10 films since I was about 15. I used to want a hearse as a car, I just thought it was so cool > I was clearly a moody teen!

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