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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 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

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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Connections

References The Visitor (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Vintage Sci-Fi Soundtrack
Written by Darius Holbert and Willie Wisely
Performed by Darius Holbert
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Very, very memorable example of filmmaking
12 September 2010 | by christianvillagomezSee all my reviews

First of all I've been very aware of how critics gave this film lackluster reviews yet I beg to differ, and thankfully so do most people rating this on IMDb. It's essentially a Hollywood dramedy revolving around the couple of individual lives including Dr. Henry Carter played oh so charismatically and sharply by Kevin Spacey with many other characters such as Jeremy, an ongoing writer played by Mark Webber and Jemma: an emotionally struggling teenager girl played by the very identifiable star Keke Palmer. Be aware though, I watched this on T.V and was very close to passing this up due to it's not-so-appealing 2/4 star rating on Dish but I really felt like I needed to see this at least once due to its interesting premise and after watching it I was proud to say to myself that it exceeded beyond any short-term expectations I may have had for it at the moment. The most identifiable trait that really characterized it is that it may be just over an hour-and-a-half but it feels just over 2 hours, most people would assume that's a bad thing and would immediately go on to bash it for its slow pace, I prefer to call it STEADY pacing since the characterizations are done so right considering director Jonas Pate's very realistic and, should I say, very TRANQUIL style. You really hang on throughout this whole journey of a movie embracing what next step each of these people have to face in their lives and I couldn't help but feel satisfied by the end of the movie, which is indeed the sure plus way of knowing it was a good movie wait, change that: a fantastic movie.


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