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Beyond Therapy (1987)

 -  Comedy  -  April 1987 (USA)
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This is an insane and fast-paced romantic comedy about a bizarre dinner date among Bruce (Goldblum) and Prudence (Hagerty), and their lunatic therapists, and Bruce's jealous, gun-wielding ... See full summary »

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Charlotte
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Bob
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Zizi
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Bertrand Bonvoisin ...
Le Gérant
Nicole Evans ...
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Le Chef
Matthew Leonard-Lesniak ...
Mr. Bean (as Matthew Lesniak)
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Charlie
Gilbert Blin ...
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This is an insane and fast-paced romantic comedy about a bizarre dinner date among Bruce (Goldblum) and Prudence (Hagerty), and their lunatic therapists, and Bruce's jealous, gun-wielding homosexual lover Stuart, and Stuart's over-protective mother, and a whole group of very odd New York characters. Will Bruce and Prudence find love amidst all the craziness? Written by nt.1

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Some movie posters for the film had a long text preamble that read: "It doesn't matter whether you're the doctor. Or the patient. In order to establish a successful psychiatric relationship , both sides have to be committed. BEYOND THERAPY. Comic relief for incurable romantics". See more »

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Stuart: I ejaculate quickly on porpoise!
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

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Someone To Watch Over Me
Composed by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Yves Montand
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Incredibly grating comedy; Altman's greatest disaster
17 November 2013 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

What the Hell was that? I'm normally an Altman defender in all cases - I'm a fan of stuff like That Cold Day in the Park, Quintet and Pret-a-Porter - and I've never seen him as a hit-or-miss director who has directed half masterpieces and half flops, as his reputation tends to go. But this is truly a disaster! It's based on a stage play by Christopher Durang, who also adapted this screenplay with Altman. I just can't imagine anyone sitting in the audience watching this garbage thinking, "Oh, man, that would make a great movie!" unless the play was significantly different on stage. I kind of doubt it, though. It has such a peculiar energy, and it's not much like anything else Altman made. It feels like something pretentious people might have enjoyed on stage, more likely in the 60s than in the 80s, because it's just so odd. I'm usually a fan of odd, but this one almost made me violently angry at times. Jeff Goldblum stars as a bisexual man living with his boyfriend (Christopher Guest), but trying to branch out into women. He meets Julie Hagerty on a blind date, and they immediately hate each other. After therapy sessions and a second blind date (they both change their ads slightly but end up together again), they hit it off, much to Guest's chagrin. Every character in the movie is constantly going to their therapist (the two therapist characters are played by Glenda Jackson and Tom Conti). No one acts like a human being in this film, just weird simulacra making faces at each other. There's hardly a laugh in it, and the actors universally embarrass themselves. Better off completely forgotten.


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