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With: Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum, Glenda Jackson, Tom Conti, Christopher Guest
Written by: Robert Altman, Christopher Durang, based on a play by Christopher Durang
Directed by: Robert Altman
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 93
Date: 02/06/1987

Beyond Therapy (1987)

2 Stars (out of 4)

That Shrinking Feeling

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Robert Altman adapted Christopher Durang's play for this peculiar comedy that can't ever seem to find its rhythm. Jeff Goldblum stars as a neurotic bisexual New Yorker who answers an ad and meets equally neurotic Julie Hagerty. It turns out they both see shrinks next door to each other in the same building, and the shrinks aren't much better. Tom Conti likes to sleep with his patients, and Glenda Jackson constantly blurts out the wrong words. Christopher Guest co-stars as Goldblum's jealous lover. Altman's exploratory style doesn't quite have the zing this material requires, and it's not helped by the fact that the New York settings were filmed in Paris. Anchor Bay's new DVD boasts a nice new transfer and a theatrical trailer, but no subtitles or audio options.

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