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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Recording Supervisor (as Joseph A. Nuñez)
Andrew Sibner ...
Uncle Jim


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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The doctor is out.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 August 2009 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

A Mente dos Famosos  »

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Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


The writer/valet talks about riding his moped. However his vehicle is quite clearly a scooter. See more »


Henry Carter: It's never going to go away, is it?
Jemma: No. But we're still here. That's something.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Shiny Girl
Written by Darius Holbert and Willie Wisely
Performed by Darius Holbert
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Dreams and desperation in L.A
15 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Kevin Spacey plays Henry Carter,a very famous and successful shrink,practicing in Hollywood, with a very extensive celebrity clientèle.With 2 self help books published,Carter seems to have it all figured it out but these days he's the one who needs help. Unable to cop with his wife's suicide Carter has been self-medicating with marijuana falling into a depressive state. Jemma is a young girl who's mother committed suicide as well.She doesn't understand why and develops an angry behavior.The school sent her to carter for some therapy sections.Then we have several secondary characters, Kate Amberson, an actress past her prime,Jeremy, a young writer trying to come up with a good script,Patrick, a successful and ruthless Hollywood agent who suffers from paranoia and anxiety,Shamus,a young actor who wants to do meaningful films and be taken seriously,Daisy who is Patrick's assistant,Holden,one of Carter's patients who is an alcoholic and Keira, an actress who's sleeping her way trough Hollywood.Shrink is an amazing movie.All the story-lines are obviously intertwined but in a very subtle way (not like crash).The characters are very human and none of them is two-dimensional.They were all well written and their stories were well explored. Each one is memorable in their own way.Kevin Spacey is absolutely fantastic as Carter and so is Dallas Roberts as the eccentric Hollywood agent. The musical score couldn't be better, beautiful slow melodies that compliment the movie perfectly. Shrink is a subtle movie,it doesn't try to hard to grab your attention but it certainly does.I wonder why this movie hasn't been talked about a little more. Shrink is small in hype but big in quality.


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