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Don't Say a Word (2001)
Am I the victim of a "Cognitive Distortion?"
This movie is truly one of Michael Douglas' worst. It is also a very poor portrayal of the life of a psychiatrist. It is hard to believe that he followed up Wonder Boys (a magnificent film) with this. To begin with, the portrayal of Douglas' lifestyle is wildly unrealistic. Movie viewers are already fed up with stereotypic portrayals of police officers (tough guys ala Andy Sipowitz) and attorneys (greedy lowlifes), so those responsible for this film should be ashamed of their simplistic, overly positive picture of psychology and psychiatry. Come on, the image of a happy, well-balanced psychiatrist gleefully cooking breakfast for his "all smiles" family rings a little too much like an after school special. This is only the beginning...it gets funny from here on out. The make-up artists made Douglas look like Krusty the Clown with all of the make-up they caked onto his face. Pink cheeks only work in cold settings. Is Douglas that worried about his advancing age? Finally (and this is probably just for the nerds among us), the treatment of what "cognitive distortions" are in this movie reminds me of the "realistic" depiction of military uniforms in many B-movies of the 80's. Do not waste your money on this movie. There are many other psychological thrillers that would be better: Silence of the Lambs, Seven, and even Insomnia (which isn't that good anyway).