Picks and Pans Review: A Perfect Couple

UPDATED 04/23/1979 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 04/23/1979 at 01:00 AM EST

There's no historical analysis, social satire or reflection on man's violent nature in this latest work from prolific director Robert Altman. A Perfect Couple is only a romantic little rock musical and only very entertaining. The couple is the middle-aged son of a tyrannical Greek antique tycoon and the aging backup singer in a communal rock group. The man is played by Paul Dooley, a gifted star of stage and commercials (he wears the pooch outfit in the Skippy dog food spots) and the woman is gaunt Marta Heflin, an ex-singer who is theater-trained herself. They're both full of marvelous idiosyncrasies. So is the rest of the cast: Young Belita Moreno is especially beguiling as Dooley's sister. A band called Keepin' 'Em off the Streets plays the appealing soft rock score, most of which it wrote. Altman adds all his best touches—a relaxed feel, believable dialogue, and a recurring phantom character, here a nauseatingly lovey-dovey couple. The result is, within its limited ambitions, a perfect film. (PG)

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