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Based on the play Beyond Therapy
Beyond Therapy is a play by Christopher Durang.The farcical comedy focuses on Prudence and Bruce, two Manhattanites who are seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggests the patient place a personal ad. Bruce is a highly emotional bisexual who...
by Christopher Durang
Christopher Ferdinand Durang is an American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. His work was especially popular in the 1980s.- Life :...
, it focuses on Prudence and Bruce, two Manhattan
Manhattan is the oldest and the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City. Located primarily on the island of Manhattan at the mouth of the Hudson River, the boundaries of the borough are identical to those of New York County, an original county of the state of New York...
ites who are seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their respective psychiatrists
Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study and treatment of mental disorders. These mental disorders include various affective, behavioural, cognitive and perceptual abnormalities...
, lecherous Stuart and scatterbrained Charlotte, each of whom suggests the patient place a personal ad
A personal or personal ad is an item or notice traditionally in the newspaper, similar to a classified ad but in nature. In British English it is also commonly known as an advert in a lonely hearts column. With its rise in popularity, the World Wide Web has also become a common medium for...
. Their first meeting proves to be a disaster, but when they reunite sparks begin to fly. Complications ensue when bisexual Bruce's jealous live-in lover Bob decides to assert himself and do everything possible to maintain his status quo
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Despite its New York City
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setting, the film was made in Paris
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, where director Robert Altman
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was living at the time.
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was rewritten substantially by Altman. The film was a critical and commercial failure, and Durang later described the project as "a very unhappy experience and outcome."
- Julie Hagerty
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- Jeff Goldblum
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- Glenda Jackson
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- Tom Conti
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- Christopher Guest
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- Geneviève Page
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- Cris Campion as Andrew
- Sandrine Dumas as Cindy
- Bertrand Bonvoisin as Le Gérant
- Nicole Evans as The Cashier
- Louis-Marie Taillefer as Le Chef
- Matthew Leonard-Lesniak as Mr. Bean
- Laure Killing as Charlie