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Beyond Therapy (1987)

R | | Comedy | April 1987 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Christopher Durang (screenplay), Robert Altman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Hagerty ... Prudence
Jeff Goldblum ... Bruce
Glenda Jackson ... Charlotte
Tom Conti ... Stuart
Christopher Guest ... Bob
Geneviève Page ... Zizi
Cris Campion ... Andrew
Sandrine Dumas ... Cindy
Bertrand Bonvoisin Bertrand Bonvoisin ... Le Gérant
Nicole Evans Nicole Evans ... The Cashier
Louis-Marie Taillefer Louis-Marie Taillefer ... Le Chef
Matthew Leonard-Lesniak Matthew Leonard-Lesniak ... Mr. Bean (as Matthew Lesniak)
Laure Killing Laure Killing ... Charlie
Gilbert Blin Gilbert Blin ... Waiter
Vincent Longuemare Vincent Longuemare ... Waiter
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Storyline

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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Comic relief for incurable romantics. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Therapie Zwecklos See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Gross USA:

$790,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Hagerty received top first billing, Jeff Goldblum received second billing, Glenda Jackson was third billed, 'Tom Conti' received fourth billing, 'Christopher Guest' was fifth billed. See more »

Quotes

Stuart: I ejaculate quickly on porpoise!
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References Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone To Watch Over Me
Composed by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Yves Montand
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A disservice to the play . . . and all humankind.
4 May 2004 | by BockharnSee all my reviews

Comedy is hard. BEYOND THERAPY is, arguably, Christopher Durang's best play and Robert Altman's worst film. The casting of the film is not terrible -- on paper. But almost every other aspect of the film -- the direction, the look, the sound -- is wrong-headed, -hearted, and every other relevant organ-ed. Still, going on the principle that an artist should be judged by his best work, not his worst, enough about Altman. Even Homer nodded and I don't mean Homer Simpson, but, come to think of it --. Durang's comedy remains incisive and hilarious. From the perspective of 2004 it seems so embedded in its era that it effortlessly transcends its time -- like Restoration Comedy on a good night. This is nigh-on-impossible to see in the film, but it is happily evident in an audio recording made in 2002, featuring a splendid cast of gen-u-ine comic actors, headed by Catherine O'Hara, David Hyde Pierce, Kate MacGregor, and Richard Kind. It's "pure '80s." It's the "me decade" pressed down and flowing over. The peculiar idiocies of idiotic therapists are skewered on Durang's pen as are personal ads, grotesque drama (Eck! Eck! EQUUS!), let-it-all-hang-out personal interaction, and wildly "inappropriate" therapist/patient relationships. It is laugh-out-loud wonderful on CD and may serve to comfort the Durang and Altman fans who are justifiably horrified at the film.


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