Lawrence O'Toole
May 07, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ted & Venus

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Bud Cort, Kim Adams
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a D-

A kind of demented ”10,” Cort’s vanity production (he directs, writes, and stars) tells of an unbalanced poet in the Venice, Calif., of 1974 who relentlessly pursues his dream woman (Adams), with tragic results. Ted & Venus, which Cort dedicates to departed colleagues Hal Ashby, Colin Higgins, and Ruth Gordon of Harold and Maude, hardly has that movie’s dark charm, and Cort’s misfit is much more creepy than he is misunderstood. The viewer easily sides with the poor, harassed woman, and the final effect is just plain weirdness. D-

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