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The Mesmerist (2002)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 March 2002 (USA)
"The Mesmerist" is a twisted black comedy about a doctor who convinces a dying man's family to allow him to put the man in a trance and what happens when he descends into the after-world



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Daisy Valdemar
Mr. Valdemar
Coroner #1
Coroner #2


Based on the Edgar Allen Poe short story, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," comedy revolves around a doctor who convinces a dying man's family to allow him to put the man in a trance as he takes his final breaths. As the man descends in to the afterworld, he slowly discovers the answer to the ultimate question of mankind. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Dr. Hoffler: It's not ethical to keep them in the dark!
Dr. Pretory: I'm a doctor! What care I for ethics?
Dr. Hoffler: But I'm a doctor too.
Dr. Pretory: Some doctor. I wouldn't trust you to water my ficus!
Dr. Hoffler: I'm an ethical doctor, and I am going to tell them.
Dr. Pretory: Well, now I see why most mad scientists have mute assistants!
Dr. Hoffler: Does anyone know any fun after-dinner games?
Consuela: We can have an orgy.
Dr. Hoffler: Oh, no, no, no. I was thinking more along the lines of a board game.
Consuela: We could have an orgy on a board.
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The funniest Edgar Allen Poe story you're likely to see...
23 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this at SxSW in 2002, not really expecting much humor since it was based on E.A. Poe's "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar." Luckily was I mistaken.

Because Daisy's (Jessica Capshaw) father is dying, her and her fiance Benjamin (Neil Patrick Harris) make one last visit to his home before he goes to the great beyond. But her father (Howard Hesseman) isn't about to go without a fight. Using a half-mad mesmerist (Jason Carter) he is going to journey to the other side while still communicating with the living. This could have easily been a bad horror flick, but the characters are so dysfunctional that it leads to some outlandish British comedy style humor.

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