The Model Couple

Director: William Klein
Year Released: 1977
Rating: 1.5

A husband and wife volunteer to be a part of some kind of psychological study crossed with early Reality TV program to determine what makes a couple 'average' and then use the results in advertising, social planning, etc. Klein's disgust with consumerism is certainly apparent, but the movie is sloppy - it's too rushed, the relationship between the title characters is barely explored and when the husband and wife get kidnapped by a group of teenagers and pre-teens (in a nod to both the Symbionese Liberation Army and Godard, I'm guessing), it really jumps off the cliff. Klein's enthusiasm is unshakeable, but the cost of expending all that energy is an absence of rigorous intellectualism.