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Based on the novel by Ken Kolb, Michael Ritchie's comedy THE COUCH TRIP poses the theory that psychiatrists are even more screwed up than their clients. The story concerns Dr. George Maitlin (Charles Grodin), a stuffy, pretentious radio shrink who decides to take a sabbatical after his own mental breakdown. Before leaving for London, he orders the station to hire a hapless replacement so that his eventual return will be all the more welcome. When they try to get in contact with a Dr. Baird, the individual who answers the phone assumes the doctor's identity and takes his new position behind the microphone. It turns out that the new Dr. Baird is actually an escaped mental patient, John Burns (Dan Aykroyd), a straight talker whose to-the-point advice turns him into an overnight sensation. While this is happening, Burns befriends Donald Becker (Walter Matthau), a panhandler who's fed up with the insanity of society. Just when Burns fears that his hot streak is about to hit a snag, Becker's disgust with the w...
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CastDonna Dixon
DirectorMichael Ritchie
Release Date:  1988
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (April 01, 2003)
Runtime:  1hr 38min
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review by . April 14, 2000
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Pros: FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY     Cons: Adult Situations, language     Fast paced, sarcastic, tongue in cheek, the Couch Trip is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. I've probably watched this movie at least 40 times. I still find something new every time I watch it.      The story is about an escaped mental patient played by Dan Ackroyd. He escapes the Cicero County Mental Correctional Unit and makes it from Chicago to Los Angeles where …
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