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Shrink (2009)

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Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.

Director:

Jonas Pate

Writers:

Thomas Moffett, Henry Reardon (story)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Henry
Joe Nunez ... Recording Supervisor (as Joseph A. Nuñez)
Mark Webber ... Jeremy
Keke Palmer ... Jemma
Sierra Aylina McClain ... Carina
Ada Luz Pla ... Teacher
Saffron Burrows ... Kate
Jack Huston ... Shamus
Pell James ... Daisy
Mei Melançon ... Miyu
Dallas Roberts ... Patrick
Andrew Sibner Andrew Sibner ... Richie
Troy Metcalf ... O.T.
Kendall Clement ... Uncle Jim
Jesse Plemons ... Jesus
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Storyline

In Hollywood, people in need revolve around Dr. Henry Carter, a shrink: Jack, an aging star wants permission to cheat on his wife; Shamus is a director who's a cokehead; Patrick is a high-powered germophobic producer; Jeremy is a young writer looking for a break; Jemma, a high-school student, is skipping school; and Kate is an actress facing her mid-30s. Henry's wife recently died; he's grieving, blaming himself, smoking lots of pot. Henry's friends try an intervention; someone steals a patient's file from Henry; Patrick's assistant, the pregnant Daisy, sees promise in Jeremy's work; and, Jesus, Henry's drug dealer, sells him some potent weed. Can anything good come of this? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The doctor is out.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content throughout, and pervasive language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2009 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mente dos Famosos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,443, 26 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$189,332, 4 October 2009
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scooter is in fact a moped since it is only 50 cc and qualifies as one. See more »

Goofs

When Jeremy throws his laptop on the floor, what appears to be the battery flies out and lands on the floor next to the laptop, and the cover is completely closed. The scene cuts to a closeup of him looking down at what he had just done, then it cuts to him bending down to pick it up. The laptop is now partly open, the screen is lit, and the battery is no longer anywhere to be seen on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Henry Carter: It's all bullshit and then you die.
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Connections

References Big Wednesday (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Vintage Sci-Fi Soundtrack
Written by Darius Holbert and Willie Wisely
Performed by Darius Holbert
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Great movie, bad directing?
19 November 2012 | by lorriebeauchampSee all my reviews

I just caught this quirky movie on Netflix. Yet another exploration of the ennui that surrounds celebrity status, this is a great little gem that showcases Spacey's talents well. It came very close to being great, but stopped short, I suspect because of bad decisions in direction and editing. Characters were brought in (Robin Williams being one) for side stories which never quite connected to the main plot. Pot addiction is shown as a series of untimely naps, which is not realistic. The audience never gets a glimpse into the main character's despair, or the circumstances surrounding his wife's death. A love interest is developed and then never followed through. Characters walk in and out of the story without strong reasons. The ending is trite, as if they just needed to wrap it up. Too many loose ends, and a waste of some good talent. Nonetheless, because of Spacey (and a nod to the well-developed friendship with his drug dealer, that was fun to watch) I hung in there happily right to the end.


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