Picks and Pans Review: Almost You

UPDATED 04/29/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/29/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT

Almost You is almost a movie. What it is instead is a fluffy puff of intelligence spread very thinly over 96 minutes. It stars Brooke (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) Adams and was, curiously enough, written and directed by newcomer Adam Brooks. The movie aspires to be a quiet little romantic comedy, focusing on a rocky marriage between Adams, as a New York free-lance illustrator, and her unsatisfied husband, Griffin (Johnny Dangerously) Dunne, who is inheriting the family clothing business. When Adams is hit by a taxi, the accident incapacitates her and briefly liberates the philanderer in Dunne. Adams is coolly attractive, and Dunne, though he is discomfitingly similar to Dudley Moore, radiates nervous energy. The bright spot is filled by Karen Young, playing a therapist who starts out working on Adams' hip and ends up working on her husband. Young has an alluring kind of weary charm; she looks as if she ought to be in an Ingmar Bergman film. Josh (Windy City) Mostel also makes a notable contribution as a jolly friend who wisecracks through a dinner party given by Adams and Dunne. The humor is cynical: 'Any idiot can have a long-term relationship, all you have to do is smile a lot." There's not enough of the humor in any case. The plot seems to fade, leaving the kind of feeling that might be derived from watching an interesting band tune up for a while and then go home without playing anything. (R)

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