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2.8
95 Ratings

Three on a Couch

Directed by Jerry Lewis
United States, 1966
Comedy, Romance

Synopsis

Christopher Pride has been offered an important commission in Paris but can’t convince his girlfriend, Dr. Elizabeth Acord, 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.

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Three on a Couch Directed by Jerry Lewis

Critics reviews

The film’s relative obscurity in the director’s catalog conceals the fact that Leigh gives the greatest star performance in a Jerry Lewis movie, so effortlessly and luminously does she exceed her mandate as the fool-suffering romantic partner. Best makes for another surprising MVP as Christopher’s co-conspirator, awarded an equal percentage of double takes and panicked face-cradling; even without being given the task of earning laughs, he’s surprisingly equal to Lewis in terms of comic energy.
August 31, 2017
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Overall, Three on a Couch may not be Jerry’s greatest achievement, but the touching and even the dark parts of his shenanigans resonate. Despite a few quintessentially Lewisian detours into the crazy—for example, an incredible, incoherent monologue in entomologist disguise, consisting of perfectly timed rapid-fire half-sentences nervously delivered with utmost conviction—this is the first of his directorial efforts for which he takes no co-writing credit.
December 30, 2013
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