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Shrink (2009)

Kevin Spacey , Mark Webber , Jonas Pate  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K52G8W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Shrink" is a really good film. May 31, 2010
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed Kevin Spacey's Return to His Element December 24, 2009
Kevin Spacey's absence from the big screen in the kind of role we'd taken for granted from him left a big empty space on the silver screen. This is the first time, since his Oscar winning turn in AMERICAN BEAUTY, that I've felt the thrill again of watching a character actor at the top of his game. He plays Dr. Henry Carter, a psychiatrist at the peak of his career in Hollywood, who has been brought low by the suicide of his wife. This is about the worst thing that can happen to a man of his professional calling as it signals his massive failure on every level as both human being and professional. Worse yet, he comes from a family of psychiatrists! As he takes to pot in a major way and sleeps out on his diving board, his family and friends stage an intervention for him and his fury knows no bounds. However, he keeps seeing his patients and, ironically, it is his patients who begin to bring him back to the land of the living. Robin Williams plays one of these patients, a movie star who believes he is a sex addict instead of an alcoholic, parallel to his own real life at this point in time. This film reminds me a lot of Lawrence Kasdan's GRAND CANYON, which I also loved. I recommend this highly.

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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT A COMEDY...
So... I look in the comedy section and I find this movie. Great cast, perhaps a good movie - I don't know - because I can't get very far into it as it is NOT A COMEDY - but rather... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 4 days ago by Lutgardo Fuster
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just ok. Not enough of Robin Williams.
Published 5 days ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a gem. Writing, acting, directing ...
This is a gem. Writing, acting, directing, top notch. If you want something to bring you in touch with loss, this one will do it. Very touching. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Dragon Phoenix
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was pretty good.
Published 6 days ago by Charlene Kitto
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, I didn't expect the Robin Williams cameo
Great movie, I didn't expect the Robin Williams cameo! Love Kevin Spacey, as usual, his melancholoy, sarcasm is both endearing and straight to the point.
Published 7 days ago by Ashley Hammond
3.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant Surprise
This was not what I expected. It was categorized in Comedies. It turned out to be about suicide; and included an uncredited Robin Williams in the cast - playing a movie star... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Karen Litsey
3.0 out of 5 stars If I could have, I would have given this ...
If I could have, I would have given this a 2.5. There just wasn't a lot of substance. I read another review that said it was slow to start, but the end credits were rolling and I... Read more
Published 9 days ago by psyd student
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the light at the end of the tunnel and walking through it
Great movie about someone who has lost their way due to personal tragedy, but gradually finds their way back.
Published 10 days ago by Susan Barney
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A little slow starting, but worth the wait. Fabulous acting.
Published 11 days ago by eldan
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