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  • Actors: Paul Dooley, Marta Heflin, Titos Vandis, Belita Moreno, Henry Gibson
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Writers: Allan F. Nicholls, Robert Altman
  • Producers: Robert Altman, Robert Eggenweiler, Scott Bushnell, Tommy Thompson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O785Z6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Perfect Couple" on IMDb

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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: UN
Release Date: 10-APR-2007
Media Type: DVD

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2.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fay H. Fisher on July 20, 2009
Format: DVD
I stumbled onto this movie and was intrigued enough to see it through to the end. It was so different than I expected. "A Perfect Couple" has to have been chosen as a 'tongue in cheek' title since the couple are opposite extremes. To say his family is weird is an under statement, i.e. wealthy (What is this a castle?) uptight, and stuffy. They love classical music.
Her shared space 'family', a rock band, live on the top floor of a warehouse with parachute cloth as dividers for personal space and are equally weird in an opposite, extreme way from his - mainly open minded and free. The rock band reminded me of the Village people with each member having their own personality and I loved the music. Usually old movies are so dated that I lose interest quickly. The main theme to me was that these two people just wanted to meet someone they thought they could relate to and love as their situations were not satisfying that need. The success of this couple is doubtful as their backgrounds are very different. It was cleverly done. It would only have been disappointing if you were indeed looking for the perfect couple. A seemingly perfect couple does wander through out the movie but even they at the end were having a disagreement.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LGwriter on February 2, 2008
Format: DVD
It's possible that after directing one of his all-out masterpieces, 3 Women, Robert Altman needed to take a break from films that were, like 3 Women, experimental or surrealistic (this also applies to Images, another film directed around the same period). So maybe that's why he did A Perfect Couple, following immediately after A Wedding.

The original title of A Perfect Couple was supposed to be A Romance; it's clear this was meant as a companion piece to A Wedding; it also, like A Wedding, stars Paul Dooley. Dooley is a good actor, but not a great one. Here he's the romantic lead, son of an autocratic Greek patriarch, looking for the woman of his dreams. In 1979, when this movie was released, dating services had been around for a little while, and we get to see (yawn) videos of his character as well as that of the female romantic lead, played by Martha Heflin, and one other guy as well.

We also get to see (and hear) the mostly dated songs of a band called, I kid you not, Keepin' Em Off the Streets which, again for that time, was, I suppose, a hip name for a rock band with four different vocalists singing songs in the pretty much typical 70s high emotional drama style, one of whom is the movie's female romantic lead, and another of whom, another woman, really knows how to belt out those emotions, oh yeah.

A few of the scenes here and there are actually kind of funny, but for a much better romantic comedy about a Greek person 'hooking up' with a non-Greek person, see My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In A Perfect Couple, though, you do get to see Henry Gibson playing a pompous Southern dork who's already married into the Greek family, and you also get to see Dennis Franz--he of infamous NYPD Blue fame--when he was much thinner.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charity 123 on November 24, 2008
Format: DVD
A Perfect Couple
I saw this movie years ago. Perhaps you have to be older than 35yrs. to like it. I love this movie and was very happy to find it. Paul Dooley of Sixteen Candles is a favorite of mine, and best of all I would pay big money just to hear Ted Neeley's voice of Jesus Christ Superstar. I wiil admit if the two above actors were not in this movie I would'nt have bought it. Still, I love it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sherringford Clark on November 13, 2007
Format: DVD
The biggest problem with A Perfect Couple is that it tries to be two films: a romantic comedy and the story of a rock band. There are some wonderful and funny moments between Dooley and Heflin, but the film doesnt pay off in that regard. They dont have very good chemistry - Dooley is pushy and Heflin kind of quiet. The resolution of their relationship problems is pat, and the film focuses too much on the rock group, especially in the final 40 minutes or so.

Indeed, the rock group must account for a good half of the film, and I feel that the plotline involving Dooley and Heflin is sacrificed in depth to the bands story. By the way, even by late 70s standards, the band is cheesy - more Broadway than rock. There are two good songs ("Love Is All There Is" - sounds like Bacharach (!) and the ballad Heflin sings - "Wont Someone Care" I think it's called), but even those are performed poorly. The rest of the tunes are pretty bad and the performances are laughable in their use of 70s rock cliches.

If the music was better, perhaps the film would rate higher. Thats the problem - theres so much music (at least a dozen songs) that the poor quality of the music sinks the film. Music is very important in Altman films, but here it lets him down. The music overwhelms the romance between Dooley and Heflin, who should have received more screen time rather than that awful band - which seems like some kind of joke in 2007.
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