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SHRINK stars Kevin Spacey as Henry Carter, L.A.’s top celebrity psychiatrist with an A-list clientele, including a famous actress (Saffron Burrows), a wildly insecure young writer (Mark Webber), and an obsessive-compulsive super-agent (Dallas Roberts). Disillusioned with both his career and personal life, Henry’s only hope of salvation could come from his first pro bono case, a beautiful but troubled teenage girl (Keke Palmer). But considering his present state of mind, is Henry ready for the real-life problems of someone who lives far from the Hollywood Hills? Featuring a well-matched cast at the top of their game, SHRINK is a tart, funny, and uplifting film about the courage it takes to achieve happiness...even in Hollywood.

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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Mark Webber, Keke Palmer, Joe Nunez, Sierra Aylina McClain
  • Directors: Jonas Pate
  • Writers: Henry Reardon, Thomas Moffett
  • Producers: Alex Plapinger, Braxton Pope, Dana Brunetti, John Saviano, Kelly MacManus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K52G8W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shrink" on IMDb

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. VINE VOICE on August 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Kevin Spacey shines in his portrayal of a Los Angeles psychiatrist, Dr. Henry Carter, who's been hitting the booze and drugs pretty hard in the wake of a personal tragedy. After an intervention by his family and friends falls flat, the doctor's father (also a psychiatrist, and played by the great Robert Loggia), sets his son up with a new patient, a teenage girl named Jemma (Keke Palmer) who has faced a tragedy similar to Carter's, in the hope that the case will help his son re-engage in life and better confront his own grief. Despite seeing right through the plan, Dr. Carter grudgingly takes on the case and it indeed starts him back on a more positive, functional path, though things don't happen easily.

An ensemble cast, mostly playing Dr. Carter's other patients, also slowly get drawn into the main story, either directly or through the comments they make about their own problems during their sessions with Carter. An unbilled Robin Williams is a particular standout in his small but memorable role as a movie star confronting his own personal issues (everyone has them in this movie). Indeed, many of Dr. Carter's patients are in the movie business in some way, bringing about an interesting juxtaposition of intense personal issues on the part of some patients (and Carter) and quirky Hollywood shallowness from others.

"Shrink" is mostly serious, but it's lightened a little by Dr. Carter's wry, dry sense of humor (perfectly brought to life by Mr. Spacey), which the character can't help displaying even when he's hurting and wants to be left alone. Keke Palmer's Jemma is also a ray of sunshine in the film, despite the seriousness of her own issues.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven Carrier on May 31, 2010
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"Shrink" has such copious amounts of ethos and pathos that you are completely sucked in. The performances are so nuanced and lived-in that there is such an air of reality to the proceedings. Kevin Spacey gives an incredible performance (one of his best, personally) and the amazing Keke Palmer delivers in spades. The interweaving stories work for the most part, which says a lot for that type of film. Sometimes movies like this can be contrived, and "Shrink" can be, but for extremely fleeting moments. The vignettes are stung together in a way that is only believable for Los Angeles (the ending for sure), and in that it works. The cinematography is inspired (with one hell of a master shot) and is like a whole other character. "Shrink" is not perfect, but either is life and this film is first and foremost a story about life, so I can forgive whatever flaws it may have.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laurence Raw on April 13, 2013
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Set in the heart of Hollywood, SHRINK tells a familiar tale of a psychiatrist Henry Carter (KEVIN SPACEY) who cannot come to terms with his wife's suicide and turns to drugs as a result. Hence he finds it difficult to deal with patients with similar problems; any advice he gives will automatically seem invalid. Director Joshua Pate weaves an ensemble tale around this central plot-line involving a variety of characters, including an adolescent girl with similar problems (Keke Palmer), a perpetually stoned actor (Jack Huston), and a has-been star with an irresistible penchant for making love (Robin Williams in a substantial but uncredited role). The story weaves its way towards an expected conclusion, with Carter eventually discovering an alternative after having had a brush with death. Nonetheless there are plenty of incidental pleasures along the way, with strong performances from Spacey, Williams, and Saffron Burrows as a female leading actor trying to cope with getting old. Gore Vidal turns up in a cameo role as a television interviewer, who apparently knows along with a fraud Carter actually is; when Carter admits to millions of television viewers that he is a terrible shrink, Vidal's George Charles nods in satisfaction.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Concerned_Citizen on May 25, 2013
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I think anyone who has experienced any type of loss would be able to relate to the characters in this film. Kevin Spacey was perfect as the shrink holding on by a thread. I generally like ensemble films where it's revealed throughout the film how the characters are connected and this film wove those threads together really well. Nice cameo by Gore Vidal, may he RIP. Keke Palmer was stellar. I look forward to seeing her in more, similarly significant, roles in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luke Killion on September 2, 2012
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"Shrink" is a 2009 film starring Kevin Spacey, rounded out by an excellent ensemble cast that eventually merges together for an intelligent and satisfying conclusion. In some ways it is like the classic Quentin Tarrantino movie "Pulp Fiction" in its use of multiple story lines that intersect at somewhat unlikely places. "Shrink" is by no means a mob movie, but the directorial device used by Jonas Pate brings a unique take on LA and its wackyier side through a hodgepodge of original and well acted characters.

Spacey's chacter of Dr. Henry Carter is a slight throwback to the role of Lester Burnham in perhaps his most decorated movie, 1999's "American Beauty".Carter is very similar to Burnham; if Burnham had gotten divorced and moved to LA to become a psychiatrist, the character of Carter would most likely be the result.

The movie begins with a puffy-faced Carter waking up and doing his morning routine, all the while chainsmoking (both marijuana and cigarettes), which is quite a feat when he decides to shave his scruffy face. Carter is clearly suffering from a mental and physical burnout, but it is suprising that when he arrives at his sheik LA doctor's office (looking much more sanitized), his demeanor is sharp and his clients are some of Hollywood's bigger players.

This movie is definately about mental health, but more specifically, the kind of psychological distress that is commonly found in LA.
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