Robert Altman

A Perfect Couple

Altman’s underrated updating of romantic comedy conventions benefits from excellent lead performances.

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USA 1979
Dir Robert Altman
With Paul Dooley, Marta Heflin, Henry Gibson, Dennis Franz
Certificate 15

One of Altman’s least known and most underrated films, this engaging update of the odd-couple romantic comedy has an antiques dealer (Dooley) from a strait-laced Greek family meet – through video-dating – a waifish singer (Heflin) in a pop band tyrannised by its leader. The film is sweet-natured and open about offering a new spin on time-honoured fantasies, in which it revels.