Beyond Therapy 1987 R

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(18) IMDb 4.6/10

BEYOND THERAPY is an insane and fast-paced romantic comedy about a bizarre dinner date.

Starring:
Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Beyond Therapy

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Genres Comedy
Director Robert Altman
Starring Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum
Supporting actors Glenda Jackson, Tom Conti, Christopher Guest, Geneviève Page, Cris Campion, Sandrine Dumas, Bertrand Bonvoisin, Nicole Evans, Louis-Marie Taillefer, Matthew Leonard-Lesniak, Laure Killing, Gilbert Blin, Vincent Longuemare, Françoise Armel, Sylvie Lenor, Anne Monner, Jeanne Cellard, Yvette Prayer
Studio Lakeshore Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Very sharp, very memorable.
Pieter Uys
Jeff Goldblum does some interesting things, but gets tiring by movie's half.
T. Davies
A lot of people liked it, so I guess it's a question of taste.
Joseph Hart

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2002
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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.
Unlike some Altman films, BEYOND THERAPY offers a traditional storyline. When Prudence and Bruce (Julie Hagerty and Jeff Goldblum) meet for a blind date the result is disasterous--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 adaptation of his script is absolutely hilarious, and so many memorable lines ("My mother is NOT a transvestite!") bounce through the film that the effect--particularly when coupled with Altman's "wall of sound" audio style--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 kaliediscopic films, and it is unlikely to convert those who find his style confusing and frustrating.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bush on February 7, 2002
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Beyond Therapy is a truly hilarious movie, but a demanding one. You've gotta be willing to watch and LISTEN carefully. There's SO much going on so much of the time - and Altman mercilessly adds to the confusion with car-crashes and dish-smashes in the background to highlight the mental chaos of his characters. I can understand how many people would just give up on this movie, missing a cumulative experience that always leaves me laughing. Definitely NOT for viewers who need slow-moving, clear-talking Murder She Wrote-type video "action", but if you can keep up, you'll find Beyond Therapy a little gem of a movie. And, certainly, it would help if you have a somewhat bizarre sense of humor.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
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Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang is an excellent intellegent comedy. Unfortunately Beyond Therapy by Robert Altman is not. He tries to place realism in an existential play, for example destroying one of the important themes of Durang's play by placing real waiters in the restaurant. There are too many distractions, with strange background noises and many characters who are never developed. It drops in and out of the play script, and the audience can immediately tell those moments as the style of the lines change.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on August 22, 2002
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I am convinced that European Art Movies and psychotherapy are amongst the many ideas being satirized here. And what a hilarious send-up! The gaggle of dowager duchesses frantically fanning themselves in the French restaurant and the antics of the two psychologists are absolutely priceless. Brilliantly designed and shot, this film is a strange and often wonderful excursion into the world of neurosis and manages to delight, disturb and engross the viewer at the same time. Very sharp, very memorable.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By crassiodorus on May 25, 2003
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I don't think I've seen a worse screen version of a stage play than this one.
Christopher Durang and Robert Altman have very different styles and senses of humor, which come together in this movie like the Titanic and the iceberg, sinking the whole enterprise. Durang is direct and over the top; his characters constantly surprise us with their emotional zigzags and unpredictable comments. Altman likes his actors underplaying much of the time while offscreen chattering and noises distract viewers from the dialogue. Jokes, motives, and plot points all get lost in the buzz.
Some of the actors are so badly miscast that no one's direction could have helped. Jeff Goldblum is more creepy, obnoxious, and arrogant than neurotic. And what's with Tom Conti's outrageous accent? He doesn't normally talk like that, and the character isn't written like that.
The play is episodic enough that it should translate well to the screen. I can only hope that some director whose style is more compatible with Durang's will film it again.
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By Leticia on April 23, 2014
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I had to watch this film for one of my classes. Let me save you time by saying that it's very boring and cheesy! The live performance is better than the movie.
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By Randy Thill on July 1, 2013
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an oldie, but goodie...laughed though the whole thing! great cast and a real keeper for all of you who know laughter is the best medicine for a bad day!
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By James Cunningham on October 11, 2010
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This has to be the most bizarre, most lunatic, most hysterical, most off the wall movie I've ever seen. If you like unusually zanny movies, this is amazing.
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