Lovesick

Dudley Moore  Actor Elizabeth McGovern  Actor Alec Guinness  Actor John Huston  Actor Wallace Shawn  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG
Contains:Adult Situations,Questionable for Children,Adult Language

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Lovesick

UPC: 085392001125

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Adult Situations, Questionable for Children, Adult Language]

Summary: Saul (Dudley Moore), a married psychiatrist, becomes romantically obsessed with Chloe (Elizabeth McGovern), one of his patients. Chloe has already devastated one psychoanalyst, and although the venerable Freud himself (Alec Guinness) appears to counsel Saul in his worst moments, the man continues on his tormented way. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Category: Romance

Features: [None specified]

Lovesick

Format: DVD

Release Date: 10/20/1998

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard

Audio: 1 USA & territories, Canada

Runtime: 96 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Nathan Southern

After Marshall Brickman and Woody Allen co-scripted the comedic blockbusters Annie Hall and Manhattan, Brickman made his mark as a solo writer-director with three radically different efforts: Simon (1980), Lovesick (1983) and The Manhattan Project (1986). All are acquired tastes; Lovesick is easily the weakest link in the chain. While by no means a total disaster, the picture eventually falls apart and loses its way. This is doubly frustrating since the first half plays so smoothly. As Dr. Saul Benjamin, a downbeat psychiatrist whose ennui gets alleviated by an ethereally beautiful young patient named Chloe (Elizabeth McGovern), Dudley Moore delivers a fine, modulated performance, and the chemistry between Moore and McGovern hits so far off the charts, one wishes they had become a regular screen couple, despite the 20-year+ age difference. In 1983, reviewers such as Roger Ebert lamented the Play it Again, Sam-like fantasy walk-ons by Alec Guinness as Sigmund Freud, but such complaints seem off target. The Freud sequences don't feel particularly injurious to the material, and even help bolster the central idea of Saul attempting to overcome his initial psychological reservations about experiencing reciprocal love with a patient and dating her. At least in the beginning, the picture sustains a low-key rapture - it's slight but whimsical and guilelessly romantic, and it whisks us along in its current.

The movie goes off the rails, though, once Saul and Chloe fall into each other's arms. instead of moving into the relationship and exploring its nuances, Brickman shifts his emphasis to an absurd subplot involving Dr. Benjamin's review by a psychiatric committee. The members, it turns out, want to disbar him after learning of the affair. This makes no logical sense (the doctor and patient end their professional relationship once dating begins) and provides an irritating narrative distraction. The film soon begins to drift all over the place, and the relationship in which we've grown emotionally invested gets relegated to a footnote. The result is a dispiriting movie that feels half-baked and falls far short of its potential. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Marshall Brickman  Director 
Marshall Brickman  Screenwriter 
Charles Okun  Producer 
Philippe Sarde  Composer (Music Score) 
Dudley Moore  Actor 
Elizabeth McGovern  Actor 
Alec Guinness  Actor 
John Huston  Actor 
Wallace Shawn  Actor 
Alan King  Actor 
Renée Taylor  Actor 
Ron Silver  Actor 
Suzanne Barrie  Actor 
Merwin Goldsmith  Actor 
Anne Kerry  Actor 
Fred Melamed  Actor 
Lester Rawlins  Actor 
Jonathan Reynolds  Actor 
Juliet Taylor  Actor 
Paul Andor  Actor 
Christine Baranski  Actor 
Anna Berger  Actor 
Mark Blum  Actor 
Kent Broadhurst  Actor 
Anne de Salvo  Actor 
Selma Diamond  Actor 
Sol Frieder  Actor 
Ann Gillespie  Actor 
E. Katherine Kerr  Actor 
Isabell Monk  Actor 
Ray Ramirez  Actor 
Benjamin Rayson  Actor 
Gene Saks  Actor 
Raynor Scheine  Actor 
Stefan Schnabel  Actor 
Yanni Sfinias  Actor 
Richard B. Shull  Actor 
Stewart Steinberg  Actor 
David Strathairn  Actor 
John Tillinger  Actor 

Country: USA