MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,435 this week

The Couch Trip (1988)

 -  Comedy  -  15 January 1988 (USA)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 3,192 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 11 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 08 Mar 2011
 
list image
a list of 216 titles
created 07 Oct 2011
 
a list of 662 titles
created 10 Feb 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 48 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Couch Trip (1988)

The Couch Trip (1988) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Couch Trip.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Spies Like Us (1985)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest
Funny Farm (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can't imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy has quit his job as a sports journalist and is planning to use the peace and quiet of ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Kevin O'Morrison
Adventure | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A businessman finds he and his friends the prisoners of a sadistic judge and his equally odd family in the backwoods of a bizarre mansion.

Director: Dan Aykroyd
Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Arms dealers from several companies vie to sell the most expensive and highest tech weapons to a South American dictator. There are complications; understanding the exact nature of how '... See full summary »

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver, Gregory Hines
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, a highly manipulative obsessive-compulsive narcissist, tracks him down during his family vacation.

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A minor-league baseball player has to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss
Twins (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

On the way to a baseball game, sanitarium patients get stranded in New York City after their chaperone is hospitalized and they're being pursued by criminals.

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle
Bowfinger (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
John W. Burns, Jr.
...
Donald Becker
...
George Maitlin
...
Laura Rollins
...
Harvey Michaels
...
Vera Maitlin
...
Lawrence Baird
...
Perry Kovin
Victoria Jackson ...
Robin
...
Lopez
...
Watkins
...
Unger
...
Dr. Smet
...
Hendricks
...
Mrs. Blair
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A comedy of truly loony proportions.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 January 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Couch Trip  »

Box Office

Gross:

$11,005,304 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This psychiatric comedy movie's trailer declared that the film would be coming soon to a theater you can deal with. See more »

Quotes

Vera: Oh Harvey, it's so wrong. He's my husband. You're his lawyer and best friend.
Harvey: From now on just think of me as his lawyer.
See more »

Connections

References The Wild One (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
AKYROYD'S BEST MOVIE!
29 May 2001 | by (Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

Michael Ritchie's "The Couch Trip" is a wonderfully anarchic comedy about what makes a good psychiatrist. It is so subtle and wicked that you start to realize what a stinging satire it really is. It is also Dan Akyroyd's best movie, made in a particularly great film year (1988)for him. First, "The Great Outdoors" and now this.

Akyroyd stars as John Burns, a career crook who fakes insanity to escape prison. Now, a dumb comedy would just be about this. But "The Couch Trip" uses this as a springboard for everything else. Beverly Hills psychiatrist George Maitlin (Charles Grodin, subtly hilarious here)has a nervous breakdown and a replacement is selected: Lawrence Baird, who happens to be Akyroyd's psychiatrist! You can pretty much guess what's going to happen, but the great thing about "The Couch Trip" is not what happens, but how it is done.

"The Couch Trip" gives Dan Akyroyd the best role he has ever had. His John Burns is one of the truly original comic creations in movie history. Wicked one liners and physical humor are a part of it, but what makes it special is that Akyroyd makes Burns a lovable character. We root for him and grow to like him a whole lot during the 98 minute running time.

But Akyroyd isn't alone here. He gets strong support from other great comic actors. Walter Matthau joins the hilarity as a con artist minister who catches on to Burns' secret and commits genteel blackmail. Charles Grodin "slow burns" his way to another great comic role as the burned out psychiatrist. Grodin has been one of the most underappreciated actors in Hollywood. It's criminal they haven't used him more often. Richard Romanus plays Grodin's slimeball lawyer to perfection.

"The Couch Trip" is one of many films made by the now-defunct Orion Pictures Corporation that are currently unseen. MGM spent a fortune buying the Orion library but have yet to truly cash in on their acquisition. "The Couch Trip" joins "Dressed to Kill", "Blow Out" and countless others in gathering dust rotting in the vault. Shame on MGM for their inaction. Hopefully, with new management, "The Couch Trip" will find the audience and respect it deserves.

**** out of 4 stars


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Credits list as 1987 not 1988 stuart.macdonald
Fashion term in film randolphbarnes
There are worse things in life............. moviefiend69
Music sdoyle-3
IMDb not listing goofs for this movie? ScorpioEddie84
Julian Schnabel is mentioned in this movie indirectly. ogilvy1971
Discuss The Couch Trip (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?