In 1970, Hollywood's attempt to capitalize on student rebellion looked trivial in comparison to real events (the shootings at Kent State occured in the same year), but GETTING STRAIGHT, buoyed by Gould's eccentric screen presence and Kovacs' stylish camerawork, holds up surprisingly
well. Gould, a returning Vietnam vet, goes back to school to secure a graduate degree and inevitably becomes involved in the lives of his students, many of whom are 10 years younger than he is and light-years more naive. Corey, the department head, forces smart-aleck Gould to teach remedial
English, a job he hates. Gould looks at teaching as a calling, but Corey sees it as a job; their ...