"Do you know what it is when you feel something for somebody and you don't know what it is, because if you knew what it was you wouldn't feel it anymore'"
- Pearl (Rae Dawn Chong) to Dr. Love (Geneviève Bujold)
"You new in town'"--Billy (John Larroquette) "I'm the same, town's different."
- Mickey (Keith Carradine)
New York Times - 11/01/1984
"...A free-flowing meditation on love, commitment, jealousy, radio call-in shows and just about anything else....[Carradine is] sexy, insistent..."
Variety - 08/22/1984
"...Offbeat, original and entertaining, CHOOSE ME emerges as a truly novel film with strong appeal for hip audiences and beyond..."
This critically praised sleeper stars Geneviève Bujold as Dr. Nancy Love, a romance-phobic radio sex therapist who inadvertently becomes roommates with Eve (Lesley Ann Warren), a sexually uninhibited bar owner and one of Dr. Love's frequent callers. Handsome, smooth-talking mental patient Mickey (Keith Carradine) comes to the bar and proceeds to woo and confuse both women as well as an aspiring poetess, Pearl (Rae Dawn Chong), who suspects Nancy is having an affair with her abusive French husband, Zack (Patrick Bachau). As the wild nights progress, all the women find themselves drawn to the mysterious Mickey, arousing the wrath of Zack and ensuring hilarious, moving, and thought-provoking moments. It's a dreamy concoction of sex, love, and brilliant dialogue, all wrapped up in a purposely artificial neon-drenched atmosphere with deliriously romantic music from soul crooner Teddy Pendergrass. Filled with neat performances and cockeyed grace, CHOOSE ME was a career-defining hit for director Alan Rudolph, who would go on to make acclaimed films such as MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE and AFTERGLOW.
A sexually frustrated psychologist gives advice to people who call in their problems to her radio program. When she gets the chance to actually live out her own advice, a sexual comedy of errors ensues.