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Three on a Couch

1966 1h 49m Comedy List
Reviews 62% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Christopher Pride (Jerry Lewis) has been offered an important commission in Paris but can't convince his girlfriend, Dr. Elizabeth Acord (Janet Leigh), to take some time off from her psychiatric practice. Elizabeth is worried about three of her female patients, all of whom are extremely hostile toward men and very needy. Christopher, anxious to leave for France, decides to impersonate the ideal man for each of Elizabeth's patients, in hopes of lessening their dependency on her. Read More Read Less

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Bosley Crowther New York Times The trouble with Mr. Lewis's impersonations is that he's done them all so many times, in one or more variations, that anyone who's seen two of his films has pretty well seen all of them -- or seen as much as Mr. Lewis is given to project. May 9, 2005 Full Review Eric Henderson Slant Magazine Three on a Couch is a film that flies any number of directions. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 1, 2004 Full Review Jean-Louis Comolli Cahiers du Cinéma Here, then, is the most "constructed" of Lewis' films, the one in which the comic system marries best the dramatic system. Mar 4, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The only thing funny about this pic is Jerry's stilted performance. Rated: C- Mar 20, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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s r Weak and cliche. I struggled through this on TCM. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Some charming aspects of the king of comedy shine through in this film and prove jerry lewis was an actor with real range. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Outside of the never released "The Day the Clown Cried" I'd always heard this was one of Jerry's worst films, but it really wasn't that bad. I'll give Jerry credit for trying to do something outside of his "Kid" character that he was starting to get too old for. This story has the more mature storyline of Jerry wanting to marry psychiatrist girlfriend Janet Leigh, but Janet won't leave to go to Paris until her three female patients are all cured. Their common problem is that they all have romantic problems and don't trust men, so Jerry then takes on three different personas to help all three get over their woman problems. That's where the film goes wrong. What might have been an acceptable Doris Day/Rock Husdon story premiss ends up with broad Jerry Lewis characters that are sadly, not all that funny or if they are, it's awkwardly or unintentionally funny. However, it didn't seem quite a terrible as I'd heard it was. The film also features James Best (Rosco P. Coltrane in his film debut) and Kathleen Freeman, Buddy Lester, and Scatman Crothers in an uncredited role as a party guest. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member another so-so rom-com Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a bit slow to develop but the third act of the film is fantastic. The party scene almost rivals the one in Playtime. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member another jerry movie i saw the last quarter of. need to see the beginning and middle now. i'll give it a 6/10 with intentions to see the rest of it Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Christopher Pride (Jerry Lewis) has been offered an important commission in Paris but can't convince his girlfriend, Dr. Elizabeth Acord (Janet Leigh), to take some time off from her psychiatric practice. Elizabeth is worried about three of her female patients, all of whom are extremely hostile toward men and very needy. Christopher, anxious to leave for France, decides to impersonate the ideal man for each of Elizabeth's patients, in hopes of lessening their dependency on her.
Director
Jerry Lewis
Producer
Jerry Lewis
Production Co
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 49m