Director Jack Nicholson seems here to be making a sort of games-people-play charade which takes off on many of the would-be commitments of his characters.
William Tepper, as the central sports star character of the campus convolutions, reflects the changes and protest surrounding his simplistic existence.
His roommate (Michael Margotta), a Che-like student revolutionary, wants to destroy all for he feels the draft, life around him, the war, will destroy him. Margotta leads a gag raid on a basketball game with guerrilla-clad friends that puts them all in custody, but later they are freed. He beats the draft by playing mad in a raucous induction physical scene, but winds up going mad for real, trying to kill his roommate’s woman, who he feels is simply a lech.
Karen Black is the sensual older woman, who sexually grapples with the basketball hero but finally resents being used and tries to claim a personality of her own.
Nicholson deftly illustrates the background cynicism of big time sports against the more obvious cynicism of college life.