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|A Perfect Couple|
Actors: Paul Dooley, Marta Heflin, Titos Vandis, Belita Moreno, Henry Gibson
Director: Robert Altman
Genres: Comedy, Drama
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Comedy Rating: UN Release Date: 10-APR-2007 Media Type: DVD
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David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 10/02/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I came to this film in a roundabout way. With the passing of Paul Newman I was seeking out some of the actor's more offbeat fare which led me to the Robert Altman box set which contained "Quintet". "A Perfect Couple" intrigued me because of the presence of Paul Dooley, one of the finer character actors of his era. Saying "A Perfect Couple" is a major letdown is an understatement. This isn't just poor Robert Altman. This film would make Alan Smithee blanch. The film's central romance is underdeveloped and uninteresting. Dooley, normally a dependable actor, is left to flounder here. I have nothing against actresses whom you wouldn't call conventional beauties but Marta Heflin can't even compensate it with personality. Needless to say the romantic spark between Dooley and Heflin fizzles. A trademark of Altman films are large ensembles but nary a character distinguishes themselves. Too many cooks I say. Heflin's character is in the chorus of an alleged rock band who are supposed to act as some kind of Greek chorus. Their MOR offerings are too weak to resonate. When are they going to put "Brewster McCloud " on DVD?"
LGwriter | Astoria, N.Y. United States | 02/02/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It's possible that after directing one of his all-out masterpieces, 3 Women, Robert Altman needed to take a break from films that were, like 3 Women, experimental or surrealistic (this also applies to Images, another film directed around the same period). So maybe that's why he did A Perfect Couple, following immediately after A Wedding.
The original title of A Perfect Couple was supposed to be A Romance; it's clear this was meant as a companion piece to A Wedding; it also, like A Wedding, stars Paul Dooley. Dooley is a good actor, but not a great one. Here he's the romantic lead, son of an autocratic Greek patriarch, looking for the woman of his dreams. In 1979, when this movie was released, dating services had been around for a little while, and we get to see (yawn) videos of his character as well as that of the female romantic lead, played by Martha Heflin, and one other guy as well.
We also get to see (and hear) the mostly dated songs of a band called, I kid you not, Keepin' Em Off the Streets which, again for that time, was, I suppose, a hip name for a rock band with four different vocalists singing songs in the pretty much typical 70s high emotional drama style, one of whom is the movie's female romantic lead, and another of whom, another woman, really knows how to belt out those emotions, oh yeah.
A few of the scenes here and there are actually kind of funny, but for a much better romantic comedy about a Greek person 'hooking up' with a non-Greek person, see My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In A Perfect Couple, though, you do get to see Henry Gibson playing a pompous Southern dork who's already married into the Greek family, and you also get to see Dennis Franz--he of infamous NYPD Blue fame--when he was much thinner.
The DVD features an interview with Altman, which is OK, but nothing special, and also interviewed are some of the other people associated with the movie, including Paul Dooley, Martha Heflin, and a couple of the producers. These interviews are really not a big deal.
A LOT of songs are sung on stage by the band. Yep, a LOT. Maybe a couple are still pretty good, but that's about it. A pretty fair amount of the dialogue is kind of wooden.
It's really pretty strange to see that the same director who turned out such great films as the aforementioned 3 Women and Images, as well as The Player, Short Cuts, and even Kansas City and Thieves Like Us, could also direct this really weak film.
Two Movies in One - and they're a rather ill-matched couple
Sherringford Clark | Mayor's Income, Tennessee | 11/14/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The biggest problem with A Perfect Couple is that it tries to be two films: a romantic comedy and the story of a rock band. There are some wonderful and funny moments between Dooley and Heflin, but the film doesnt pay off in that regard. They dont have very good chemistry - Dooley is pushy and Heflin kind of quiet. The resolution of their relationship problems is pat, and the film focuses too much on the rock group, especially in the final 40 minutes or so.
Indeed, the rock group must account for a good half of the film, and I feel that the plotline involving Dooley and Heflin is sacrificed in depth to the bands story. By the way, even by late 70s standards, the band is cheesy - more Broadway than rock. There are two good songs ("Love Is All There Is" - sounds like Bacharach (!) and the ballad Heflin sings - "Wont Someone Care" I think it's called), but even those are performed poorly. The rest of the tunes are pretty bad and the performances are laughable in their use of 70s rock cliches.
If the music was better, perhaps the film would rate higher. Thats the problem - theres so much music (at least a dozen songs) that the poor quality of the music sinks the film. Music is very important in Altman films, but here it lets him down. The music overwhelms the romance between Dooley and Heflin, who should have received more screen time rather than that awful band - which seems like some kind of joke in 2007."
Mr. P. W. Sanders | London England | 10/05/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Altman made some great films, but this isn't one. There's too much tuneless 70s music to pad out the time, the 'story' is slight and unsubtle, Paul Dooley is fine but Marta Heflin seems to be in a daze for the film. My dvd copy had such wobbly sound it was unlistenable, especially the classical stuff."