Beyond Therapy (1987)
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Critic Reviews for Beyond Therapy
There's no special logic at work. The performances are good, but the film has been assembled without an overriding sense of humor and style.
It's a movie in which every scene must have seemed like a lot of fun at the time, but, when they're edited together, there's no pattern to the movie, nothing to build toward, no reason for us to care. It's all behavior.
He needs more characters to play with than Durang's analyst's couches and restaurant trysts can provide, and simply hasn't the body count to fill in the vacant frames.
Altman sometimes gets close to the split-second timing that is required to make farce work well. But close in a farce is not good enough.
Ultimately, Beyond Therapy ends up being a tiresome slog, cutting inherently between various 'therapy' sessions between Conti and Hagerty, Jackson and Guest/Goldblum with no real rhyme or reason.
Audience Reviews for Beyond Therapy
In the 1980s Robert Altman released a string of films that were based on popular plays, "Beyond Therapy" was one of them. While the film has some laugh out loud moments, some very funny dialogue and extremely spirited and zany performances, Altman's lack of narrative focus ultimately hurts the film. Altman's directorial voice is lost here, because in all honesty, this seems like a direct copy of a Woody Allen picture. There isn't much originality to speak of. Plus, with a film that contains such an array of wackos, you need something for the audience to ground themselves in, and "Beyond Therapy" has none of that- no every man, no coherent arc. This is a funny but extremely unfocused and messy film.
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