Beyond Therapy (1987): Altman’s Comedy, Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum, Glenda Jackson, Tom Conti, and Christopher Guest

Robert Altman directed Beyond Therapy, a comedy based on the 1981 play of the same name by Christopher Durang, starring Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum, Glenda Jackson, Tom Conti, and Christopher Guest.

Beyond Therapy
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Theatrical release poster

Prudence and Bruce, are seeking stable romantic relationships with the help of their respective psychiatrists, lecherous Stuart and scatterbrained Charlotte, each of whom suggests that the patient place a personal ad.

Their first meeting proves to be a disaster, but when they reunite sparks begin to fly. Complications ensue when bisexual Bruce’s jealous lover Bob decides to assert himself and do everything possible to maintain the status quo.

Durang’s script was rewritten substantially by Altman with Durang later describing the project as an unhappy experience and outcome.

The film was made in Paris, where Altman was living at the time.

Cast
Julie Hagerty as Prudence
Jeff Goldblum as Bruce
Glenda Jackson as Charlotte
Tom Conti as Stuart
Christopher Guest as Bob
Geneviève Page as Zizi
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