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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)
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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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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 Henry and Jeremy are sitting outside discussing their memories of Henry's wife, they appear to be intoxicated, but in fact are drinking from bottles of O'Douls (a non-alcoholic beverage). See more »

Quotes

Employer: Who is that guy?
Jeremy: He's my godbrother.
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References Get Smart (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Vintage Sci-Fi Soundtrack
Written by Darius Holbert and Willie Wisely
Performed by Darius Holbert
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Alternate Title (?) "LA-LA-Land's SHRINK to the STARS!"
1 August 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

Certainly, despite going uncredited here, Los Angeles is a silent partner in SHRINK, since it couldn't possibly have been set in any other place on earth, where "Dysfunctional" seems to be more the norm than the exception, when it comes to family, as well as to interpersonal and intra-personal, relationships! SHRINK can mean many different things to many different people in many different situations. That's an answer many Shrinks would be absolutely intrigued by; especially our conflicted anti-hero in this Kevin Spacey vehicle!

For IMDb Reviewers SHRINK is just about as close to perfect as it gets: Writers, especially the "Screen-" variety, of every stripe abound: Ex-, failed, latent, undiscovered, washed-up, wannabes and hacks; they're all here. Hey! Aren't WE all writers? Wouldn't most of us love a crack at writing a screenplay with major backing? Acting, as well as producing, also find their way into SHRINK. Of course, the 800 pound Gorilla in the room here is Kevin Spacey, in a tailor-made, tour de force role as the somewhat self-absorbed, teetering-on-the-brink, grief-stricken, performance-impaired, celebrity Author/Shrink. His rendering merits 9*. Yet what surprises me most about SHRINK is the quality of the ensemble performance, by a relatively unknown cast.

WOW! Director Jonas Pate, (His 3rd go in the Director's Chair, his first in 12 years!) certainly managed to get the very best out of his cast! Keke Palmer (AKEELAH and the BEE, remember?) has morphed from elementary school girl to high school student, and turns in a gifted, natural-as-can-be performance. Remember her name...We'll be hearing it a lot in coming years! Dallas Roberts is exquisite as the Uber-neurotic agent/production exec. His "I'm Afraid of Everything!" monologue is Oscar-worthy! There are others who deserve mention, but I want to leave some things to you! A few flaws, but willing to overlook them. .. 9*....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!


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