I'm into the third act of the film... on HBO Family West at the moment... though it seems to be on cable a lot right now.
What a great movie. Not just a good movie. Truly, a great movie.
This is the best work of Matthau's late career.
Tatum O'Neil is just perfection.
And all the other kids... I forgot how much they were kids... I guess because I was roughly their age when it came out.
And Michael Ritchie's work... it's just so gentle and warm and completely on it.
But it is the underlying theme that makes the film great. When Buttermaker realizes during the climactic game that he has become the kids and they have become him and that for all of his bluster and beer, he knows what he does and does not want to be.
I can only pray that Linklater, who does have much the same cinematic feel of a Michael Ritchie - Dazed & Confused is his Smile... no The Candidate yet - didn't let the script get overdeveloped or succumb to the urge to modernize too much.
The magic of the movie is when these kids who are so precocious return to being kids here and there.