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A Perfect Couple (1979)

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A repressed, middle-aged divorced U.S. Greek meets a young singer through a dating service and becomes smitten.

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Alex Theodopolous is a mid-40s, divorced Greek-American who has moved back to the spacious estate of his autocratic immigrant father, who is also his boss in the family's successful antique importing business. He meets Shiela Shea through a dating service, but their first date turns into an unmitigated disaster when they are caught in thundershower during an outdoor concert, and Alex's car malfunctions. Twenty-something Sheila is part of traveling rock band which lives a gypsy-like existence in a communal loft under their controlling leader. Can Alex and Shiela overcome cultural, age, and lifestyle differences and find happiness? Written by duke1029@aol.com

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What do you do when everything between the two of you seems wrong? ...fall in love.


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18 January 1980 (West Germany)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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ER doctor: [to Alex] You've got to stay in bed for a while. Do you want somme pain killers?
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ER doctor: [to both] I don't think you two should be kissing while I'm suturing,
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One of Altman's Most Accessible Films Is Also One of His Least Interesting
15 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paul Dooley and Marta Heflin play a most decidedly IMperfect couple in Robert Altman's version of a romantic comedy. His claim at the time (justified) is that Hollywood had always allowed only beautiful people to fall in love, so he wanted to make a romance with a couple of ordinary folk. He succeeded when he found the paunchy Dooley and the distractingly skinny (nearly anorexic) Heflin for his leads, but the film itself is not much of a success. This came out during Altman's "experimental" period, meaning he threw together some disparate elements and hoped for the best. Actually, it's quite accessible for Altman, considering "Quintet" came out in the same year, and it's one of his least Altman-like projects. Unfortunately, it's those very qualities that also make it one of his least interesting and ugliest from a purely visual standpoint.

The film does boast some good if dated music though, performed by the real-life band Keepin' Em Off the Streets, led by Ted Neely, most known for playing the role of Jesus in the film version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" (and whom I saw perform the role on stage in a touring version).

Grade: C


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