Cinema: Doodles

A PERFECT COUPLE

Directed by Robert Altman

Screenplay by Robert Altman and Allan Nicholls

A Perfect Couple Is Robert Altman's 14th film in nine years, his second so far in 1979. He needs to slow down. Although his new movie is easier to take than the last, the ridiculous Quintet, it is still a rushed and tired work. A Perfect Couple does boast a superficial resemblance to Altman's best social comedies, like The Long Goodbye and Nashville, but it has about one-third the energy. The jokes don't fly, the actors don't sparkle, the craftsmanship doesn't...

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