Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) is running the asylumand ruling the airwavesas a mental patient turned talk-radio shrink in this comedy of loony proportions co-starring Charles Grodin, Donna Dixon, Walter Matthau and Chevy Chas... more »e. When asylum inmate John Burns (Aykroyd) intercepts a call to his psychiatrist, he brashly impersonates the good doctor. And he does such a good job that he's given an offer to fill in for a stressed-out Beverly Hills celebrity psychologist (Grodin) as the host of a call-in radio advice show. Escaping the hospital, Burns is soon gleefully crossing swords with his predecessor's beautiful colleague (Dixon), crossing paths with a crafty crackpot (Matthau) andcrossing the line into complete hilarity as his offbeat psychobabble takes ultra-trendy La-La Land by storm!« less
"Dan Akroyd's comedy movie career has been anything but consistent. He seems to tackle as many bad roles (My Stepmother Is An Alien) as he does great (Neighbors). I'm going to go on record and say that this is his best work since his SNL stint and his Belushi film pairings. Yes, it's totally stupid. Yes, it's one of those late 80's "switched identity" movies that every studio made, and it's got Donna Dixon - one of the worst actors on earth. But, it's one of those movies that requires many viewings because it's just that good. A funny story, a great score, and a hilarious Chevy Chase cameo. The only disappointment with this coming to DVD is that it lacks any features. Well, at least MGM brought it to DVD. Highly recommended."
What scrooge could give this flick less than 4 stars??
doppelganger | Chicago | 08/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's an eighties gem, so overlooked and STILL FUNNY. I have been waiting for this DVD for years now (along with "Club Paradise" and "Ice Pirates" -still waiting 08/04).
It is hysterical in some parts, and it will stand the test of time. Admittedly, I loved this movie when I saw it (in the 80's), and am still biased. But there are at least 10 belly laugh scenes, all priceless and unique. Tons of things that Akroyd never did "in every other 80's flick" as one reviewer suggested. And yes, it is not a slickly, year 2000+ produced movie that will entrance you for every moment, there is a slow scene or two, but still so worth a viewing. If you missed it then, now's your chance. I put my personal garauntee that you will laugh at least five times really hard (unless you are under age 18). Enjoy"
A far-fetched plot, an Aykroyd ego-trip, but great support .
John R. Bridell | Minneapolis, MN USA | 09/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE COUCH TRIP is a movie with a far-fetched plot, with an Aykroyd ego-trip, but with great support. "I did not realize," my wife said, "that Dan Aykroyd only plays one role in every film, the supercilious social misfit who is going to be in trouble when he has to quit acting like a teen-ager." Having said that, my wife, who points out matters like acting ability; she said and I agree that the support of Walter Matthau and Charles Grodin kept this feature on the funny track. The far-fetched plot has one of those incredible twists that you simply can't resist; the mental patient who out-psychs the Psychiatrists. But, thanks to Director Michael Ritchie it is a well managed far-fetched plot. It was performed as well as that other Aykroyd film with a weird plot, "Trading Places." I laughed and was entertained by this flic."
THE COUCH TRIP IS A TRIP
DAN DAN THE MOVIE MAN | the San Francisco Bay Area | 04/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! This one took me by suprise.... I had never heard of The Couch Trip until I was browsing around my trusty local video store and stumbled upon it... Nothing else looked good so I decided to give it a try... I popped it into my vcr not expecting anything special. But it was great! Dan Aykroyd, Walter Matthau, and Charles Grodin are just a few members of the first class cast in The Couch Trip. The plot is fabulous the script is good.. And it is just fun to watch... This one will not let you down! Buy it or rent it I promise you will enjoy"
DAN DAN THE MOVIE MAN | 08/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I could not remember the name of this film at first,only the plot and the superb performance by Dan Aykroyd as the leading actor. This film works regardless of what some critics say. It enabled Aykroyd to show just how suited he is to the role of comedy actor.A truely entertaining film,well worth viewing. The role of the other actors is well matched with the leading role and also the leading lady should have gone on to make more films."