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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 »

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Robert Altman

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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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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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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. See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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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

Altman made considerable changes to Christopher Durang's screenplay adaptation of his own play. Durang later described the film as "a very unhappy experience and outcome". See more »

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Stuart: I ejaculate quickly on porpoise!
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Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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Outrageous--And Outrageously Under Appreciated
9 May 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Christopher Durang's off-Broadway play BEYOND THERAPY was a triumph, and Durang himself worked with director Robert Altman to bring it to the screen. The result is a truly remarkable film--beautifully played by a first-rate cast, quick paced, provocative, romantic, and very, very funny--that is frequently attacked for not being a line-for-line translation of the stage original.

Unlike some Altman films, BEYOND THERAPY actually offers storyline. When Prudence and Bruce (Julie Hagerty and Jeff Goldblum) meet for a blind date the result is disastrous--not surprising, when Bruce casually notes that he is bisexual and living with lover Bob (Christopher Guest.) Prudence and Bruce rush back to their therapists (Tom Conti and Glenda Jackson, respectively) for advice... but their therapists are nuttier than they are, and soon they, Bob, Bob's mother Zizi (Genevieve Page), and the entire waitstaff of a French restaurant are dragged into the fray.

Durang's script adaptation and Altman's wall-of-sound take on it is wickedly funny, and so many memorable lines ("My mother is NOT a transvestite!") bounce through the film that the effect is absolutely dizzying; the sound design is also memorable for the constant car crashes and china shattering that occurs in the background, a metaphor for collision of characters happening before our eyes. The entire cast is absolutely first rate (Hagerty, Goldblum, and Guest have never been better), and Altman guides them with a very sure hand.

Altman's vision always divides viewers: you either like his films or you do not. Although BEYOND THERAPY offers a relatively small cast in a cohesive story, it is actually one of Altman's most visually and aurally kaleidoscopic films, and it is unlikely to convert those who find his style confusing and frustrating. But that said, this is a must-have film for any Altman fan, a truly enjoyable romantic comedy with a razor sharp script and a joyous style. Strongly, strongly recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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