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Couple Therapy for Cheaters (Terapia di coppia per amanti)

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Offbeat romcom heavy on psychoanalysis, light on comedy.

Movie NR 2017 97 minutes
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For those who enjoy deep, introspective glances into other people's love lives, this story about an untraditional couple finding their way may have some appeal. However, for everyone else, the excessive relationship drama will feel tedious. The premise is simultaneously clever (they're not even a "couple" per se, and they're in couples therapy!) and morally questionable (they're each shamelessly cheating on their respective spouses). Plus, Modesto's young adult son helps conceal the extramarital affair from the wife, showing a decided lack of respect for his own mother. We're expected to root for Viviana and Modesto's relationship without knowing much about their respective marriages. Viewers may find the premise amusing -- or, on the other, be appalled.

Viviana can be annoying as she over analyzes and has dramatic emotional outbursts, while Modesto's music career may interest music aficionados. A side plot that follows the therapist's own relationship misses the mark. Rather than present an interesting commentary on therapy -- for example, how psychotherapists can have similar issues to their patients -- it comes out as ridiculously painful and unrealistic. Couple Therapy for Cheaters is a niche movie that may please some but will disappoint most.

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