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The Couch Trip (1988)

R | | Comedy | 15 January 1988 (USA)
The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. His tactless radio show is a hit, and he becomes very popular. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John W. Burns, Jr.
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Donald Becker
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George Maitlin
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Laura Rollins
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Harvey Michaels
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Vera Maitlin
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Lawrence Baird
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Perry Kovin
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Robin
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Watkins
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Unger
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Dr. Smet
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Hendricks
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The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. His tactless radio show is a hit, and he becomes very popular. But then Dr. Maitlin meets the real Dr. Lawrence Baird at a congress in London... Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl> typos corrected by Hikari

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A comedy of truly loony proportions.

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,005,304 (USA)
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Chevy Chase cameoed in 1988 in The Couch Trip (1988). In the same year, Chase started in two feature films, they being Funny Farm (1988) and Caddyshack II (1988). All three movies bombed at the box-office. See more »

Quotes

[Burns has just thrown away Becker's medication]
Donald Becker: I hope they have cable. I can't watch regular TV without drugs.
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Fever
by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport) and Eddie Cooley
Hudson Bay Music, Inc. on behalf of Fort Knox Music, Inc. / Trio Music Company, Inc.
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1 April 2001 | by (anaheim, ca) – See all my reviews

Only one comment (as of this writing) on IMDB?? Which is the ultimate example of why this is a very underrated comedy dealing with Aykroyd's escape from a mental facilitly (more like a den for misfits) and masqerading as his hated supervisor/doctor from the nutbarn. He heads to L.A. with his assumed name to sub for an unstable radio shrink (Grodin) and his candid approach garners him city-wide attention. He fast talks his way into a big contract and seems on his way. He gets distracted, though, by knockout Dixon (his real-life wife, how lucky), who is some kind of shrink-producer and also by Matthau's perceptive homeless schemer. He's onto Aykroyd and says he'll keep quiet if Dan splits the cash with him. That's just a little of what's going on in this busy little conman adventure, as at the same time Grodin is getting wise with the real doctor Aykroyd is impersonating. And Grodin's wife is also involved with his lawyer, who is seeing dollar signs in Aykroyd, as well is a kiss-butt producer, and annoyingly assisting Grodin is Clennon, the real doctor who is supposed to be replacing him. There are a lot of great jabs at the psychiatry profession, and the entertainment business, the best being the short but very memorable scene where Aykroyd takes calls on the radio, one of the funniest scenes I've ever watched. Unfortunately, the film ends abruptly and could've used a better knock out blow. But, from beginning to (near) end this provides a lot of solid laughs and it's too bad that the kind of plot it has doesn't permit another trip to the couch.


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