The Couch Trip

The Couch Trip is an American comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie from the year 1988. The screenplay by Walter Bernstein, Steven Kampmann, William Porter and Sean Stone is based on a novel by Ken Kolb.


John W. Burns Junior flees from a Chicago psychiatric hospital and travels to Los Angeles. He is pretending to Lawrence Baird, a psychiatrist from. George Maitlin, which is known from the radio broadcasts, bored after a nervous breakdown in London. His agent engaged Burns as a substitute. Burns befriends with the beggar Donald Becker.

George Maitlin unfamiliar Burns / Baird. Later Maitlin meets at a conference in London the real Lawrence Baird.


  • Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun - Times January 15, 1988, that the film was disappointing despite the cast list. He 'll start well, but then he would be bad.
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote in the Chicago Reader, that the director Michael Ritchie would have been in better shape, but the movie was funny enough. The plot is incoherent.


The comedy was filmed in Los Angeles and London. She played in the cinemas of the United States a 11 million U.S. dollars.