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Beyond Therapy (1987)




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Neurotic Prudence meets the equally odd Bruce through a personal ad; all is well until she meets Bruce's live-in lover Bob. The chaos worsens when Prudence and Bruce seek help from their therapists, who are crazier than they are. This satirical romantic comedy was loosely adapted from the successful play.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Altman, Christopher Durang
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2003
New World Video


Glenda Jackson
as Charlotte
Tom Conti
as Stuart
Julie Hagerty
as Prudence
Nicole Evans
as The Cashier
Françoise Armel
as Zizi's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Beyond Therapy

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Robert Altman adapted Christopher Durang's play for this peculiar comedy that can't ever seem to find its rhythm.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

June 30, 2005

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.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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