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      The Couch Trip

      1988, Comedy, 1h 38m

      9 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      John Burns (Dan Aykroyd) is a patient at a mental institution who gets an unexpected shot at freedom when circumstances find him mistaken for a colleague of Dr. George Maitlin (Charles Grodin). Sneaking out of the facility, Burns poses as his psychiatrist on a radio show in Los Angeles, which leads to great ratings for the program. Burns also finds a new friend in homeless eccentric Donald Becker (Walter Matthau), but his good times are threatened when Maitlin discovers the ruse.

      Cast & Crew

      Dan Aykroyd
      Walter Matthau
      Charles Grodin
      Donna Dixon
      Richard Romanus
      Mary Gross
      David Clennon
      Arye Gross
      Chevy Chase
      Steven Kampmann
      William Porter
      Sean Stein
      Michel Colombier
      Donald E. Thorin
      Jimmie Bly
      Gary Fettis

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      • Aug 09, 2011

        Another top Aykroyd comedy (does he ever make abad one?) alongside Grodin with his usual extreme character portrayal and Walter Matthau in a slightly weaker role than his partners. 88 was a good year for Aykroyd with 'The Great Outdoors' and this, two good films but this one clearly being the best, if not as well known, with Aykroyd in scorching form as a smart ass convict getting himself to a loony bin and then a top flight job as a doctor on the radio. Sounds average but the way in which Aykroyd performs his role is such a joy to watch with his usual quick fire dialog that he can unleash at any given moment as he has shown in many of his films. The whole film is basically an anarchic comedy with the main character being a total fraud, yet a lovable roguish fraud that you just wanna see win :) Much better than so many modern films due to Aykroyd coming across as quite an intelligent person who genuinely knows his stuff instead of just memorising lines, its also nice to see a comedian in film who can make you laugh with his wit and use of knowledge instead of just making stupid faces and acting like a complete moron Mr Carrey.

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      • Sep 06, 2010

        A great group of comedians makes for a very funny movie. The story is funny too. I highly recommend this fun comedy.

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      • May 20, 2008

        Dan Aykroyd is always funny, and this movie even though it has some flaws is no exception, the one thing about this movie was the storyline which is it's biggest flaw, they have the relationship between Aykroyd and Walter Matthau's character which is really non-existent, then you have the main story line about a mental patient impersonating a radio psychologist. Just to little, if the movie had more depth then this would be a great comedy, but it is only good mostly because of Aykroyd and Matthau, and a little Charles Grodin never hurt anyone.

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      • Jul 30, 2007

        Dan Aykroyd has escaped from a mental hospital and becomes a great radio talk show pyscho-analyst. It's an okay movie, but doesn't have an abundance of funny scenes. Hardly classic. The memorable climax has them climbing the Hollywood sign.

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