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Almost You

Brooke Adams , Griffin Dunne , Adam Brooks    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Erica and Alex Boyer (Brooke Adams and Griffin Dunne) are young, married and live in a sprawling apartment in New York City. With a loving wife, a beautiful home, and a high-paying executive position in the family business, Alex should be quite happy. But he actually feels trapped by it all and is growing restless. When Erica dislocates her hip and requires the services of a private nurse, attractive Lisa Willoughby (Karen Young) enters their lives. A very complicated situation develops as Alex sees Lisa as the cure for his own troubles as well as his wife's¿ Sparked by fine performances by a cast that includes Joe Silver and Josh Mostel, ALMOST YOU is a sensitive, sincere, romantic comedy about marriage, commitment, and the light and dark sides of love in the 80's.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adam Brooks' Almost You Jan. 19 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This short romantic comedy/drama hits a couple of false notes here and there, but is saved by a great cast.
Alex (Griffin Dunne) and Erica (Brooke Adams) are a young married couple having problems. The problems are put on hold after Erica is hit by a cab, and dislocates her hip. She spends a few weeks in the hospital, then comes home and surprises Alex. The two cannot have sex because of the injury.
Enter Lisa (Karen Young), the cute nurse who is going to help Erica with her physical therapy. Lisa and Erica do not get along well, but Lisa and Alex get along too well. Lisa's better half, actor Kevin (Marty Watt), spies Lisa and Alex together and finds a way to get into Alex's confidence.
Alex works at a textiles factory run by his uncles (Joe Silver, Joe Leon). Kevin comes in pretending to interview for Alex's position since Alex is being booted upstairs. Kevin gets invited to a dinner party, with David (Josh Mostel) and Maggie (Christine Estabrook). Lisa sticks around, and Kevin brings a date, Jeannie (Laura Dean).
The dinner party serves as the main centerpiece in the film, as Kevin and Lisa do not clue anyone in on their relationship. David and Maggie are engaged, and the announcement shifts everyone's perspective to their own suffering love lives. After the party, Erica passes out drunk and Alex and Lisa have sex. Then the real complications ensue.
Adam Brooks directed a screenplay he did the story for. It sometimes seems like a filmed stage play, but Brooks opens it up before boredom sets in. The locations are all very realistic, especially Kevin and Lisa's rundown apartment. His characters are real, too. Alex works in a textiles factory. Erica is a freelance illustrator. Kevin is a less than successful actor (appearing in the small play "Yo Keats"), and Lisa a nurse.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsentimental Marital Comedy Misses the Mark Dec 27 2001
By tamiii
Format:VHS Tape
Despite an excellent cast and a good production, this film fails to strike home. A bored New York thirty something couple's life takes a critical turn when they hire a lovely nurse to care for her after she suffers an automobile accident. Its a 1940's comedy placed in the 1980's but done at the cost of losing the sparkling banter of that earlier age. You'll have to add your own interpretation to bring this into the gay and lesbian category.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adam Brooks' Almost You Jan. 19 2004
By Charles Tatum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
This short romantic comedy/drama hits a couple of false notes here and there, but is saved by a great cast.
Alex (Griffin Dunne) and Erica (Brooke Adams) are a young married couple having problems. The problems are put on hold after Erica is hit by a cab, and dislocates her hip. She spends a few weeks in the hospital, then comes home and surprises Alex. The two cannot have sex because of the injury.
Enter Lisa (Karen Young), the cute nurse who is going to help Erica with her physical therapy. Lisa and Erica do not get along well, but Lisa and Alex get along too well. Lisa's better half, actor Kevin (Marty Watt), spies Lisa and Alex together and finds a way to get into Alex's confidence.
Alex works at a textiles factory run by his uncles (Joe Silver, Joe Leon). Kevin comes in pretending to interview for Alex's position since Alex is being booted upstairs. Kevin gets invited to a dinner party, with David (Josh Mostel) and Maggie (Christine Estabrook). Lisa sticks around, and Kevin brings a date, Jeannie (Laura Dean).
The dinner party serves as the main centerpiece in the film, as Kevin and Lisa do not clue anyone in on their relationship. David and Maggie are engaged, and the announcement shifts everyone's perspective to their own suffering love lives. After the party, Erica passes out drunk and Alex and Lisa have sex. Then the real complications ensue.
Adam Brooks directed a screenplay he did the story for. It sometimes seems like a filmed stage play, but Brooks opens it up before boredom sets in. The locations are all very realistic, especially Kevin and Lisa's rundown apartment. His characters are real, too. Alex works in a textiles factory. Erica is a freelance illustrator. Kevin is a less than successful actor (appearing in the small play "Yo Keats"), and Lisa a nurse. There are no spoiled rich New Yawkers with Woody Allen penned problems, these people seem all too real.
The cast is great across the board. Griffin Dunne's Alex is no hero, cheating on his wife twice. Brooke Adams' perpetually downward turned mouth is sexy, but she is not a supermodel. Her bitterness at everyone's blase attitude toward a potentially fatal accident is supreme. Karen Young is good as Lisa, her attraction to Alex never seems forced. You would be attracted to Alex, too, if you put up with Marty Watt's Kevin. Kevin is jealous, sarcastic, bitter, but too eager to be an actor instead of dealing with real life.
Once in a while, the jokes and dialogue clunk instead of working, but the film moves along quickly. The Key Video box cover hints of a threesome, but that never happens in the film.
"Almost You" is better than a lot of the dreck out there masquerading as "romantic comedy." This film has an edge, and that carries the film. I recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost unknown but very good Dec 28 2009
By David Dooley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Almost You is a little-known but very funny film which has two classic sequences: a job interview, which anyone who's ever interviewed job prospects will relish, and a disaster of a dinner party. As another reviewer points out, this is more realistic than the average Woody Allen movie. Griffin Dunne's movie career fizzled, which is a shame, considering how skillful and charming his work is here. Brooke Adams made very few films, but most of them are good, and she had something to do with that. Give this film a try: it's much smarter and more honest than the average romantic comedy.
4.0 out of 5 stars really cool movie Aug. 3 2014
By mistermaxxx08 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
really cool and alot happening in this film. it came on the other night and it made alot of sense
and it was well written and paced. it had the right amount of humor and yet it was serious without being over the top. very mid 80's new york and it works still.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsentimental Marital Comedy Misses the Mark Dec 27 2001
By tamiii - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Despite an excellent cast and a good production, this film fails to strike home. A bored New York thirty something couple's life takes a critical turn when they hire a lovely nurse to care for her after she suffers an automobile accident. Its a 1940's comedy placed in the 1980's but done at the cost of losing the sparkling banter of that earlier age. You'll have to add your own interpretation to bring this into the gay and lesbian category.
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