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Product Description

Jake Singer is an anxious young schoolteacher living in New York. He is barely on speaking terms with his father, recently abandoned by his girlfriend, and heading for a life of compromise and mediocrity at a prestigious uptown prep school.
Emotionally paralyzed, Jake embarks on a course of psychoanalysis with the maniacal Argentine-Freudian Dr. Ernesto Morales, therapist from hell, who wields his heavily accented sarcasm like a machete. Morales's tactics are worthy of the Spanish Inquisition, and soon Jake is just trying to keep him at a distance while planning his escape.
But when he meets socialite widow Allegra Marshall, Jake finds himself upwardly mobile in the Manhattan of serious money and glamour. Bouncing from Morales s couch to Allegra's bed and back again, Jake s whole life begins taking on the strange, unpredictable quality of a therapy session.
The Treatment captures all of the wit and mystery of Jake Singer s epic journey through the realms of psychoanalysis and mature love.

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Full of unpredictable bounce. ---Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

Terrific! --Joy Behar,

A rare, thoughtful comedy. --Ken Fox,

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Product Details

  • Actors:  Ian Holm and Famke Janssen Chris Eigeman
  • Directors: Oren Rudavsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U7CZ74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on August 20, 2008
Format: DVD

Commitment-phobic characters are a dime a dozen in romantic comedies. Yet, no one can deny that they serve a valid function - for without all the tension they bring to the story, how would writers ever get us to that inevitable happily-ever-after ending?

In "The Treatment," which director Oren Rudavsky co-adapted (with Daniel Saul Housman) from the novel by Daniel Menaker, Jake Singer is an English teacher at a Manhattan prep school who falls in love with a wealthy widow whose son is a pupil there. The problem is that Jake, like many men of his generation, seems utterly paralyzed when it comes to taking the full-on plunge into commitment and marriage. In an attempt to overcome this weakness, he regularly sees a shrink who is clearly an advocate of the no-nonsense, "tough love" school of psychotherapy, and who keeps insisting that Jake stop whining and making excuses for himself and simply get with the program.

On the surface, "The Treatment" doesn't appear to be much different from dozens of other romantic comedies that have come our way over the years, but the scenario plays out with so much charm and wit that it makes the situation itself seem new and fresh. We really get caught up in the lives of these characters, mainly because the filmmakers go to great lengths to avoid the superficialities and cliches that render so many romantic comedies phony and unreal. The film is helped immeasurably in this regard by the superb performances by Chris Eigeman and Famke Janssen who have an amazing chemistry on screen and, thus, are able to convince us that these two quite different people could indeed be genuinely drawn to one another.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By StayAtHomeCocktails on April 3, 2009
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I agree with the first review that says that this is a romantic comedy that doesn't insult its audience, but I think it deserves at least one more star for being able to do that. The film is quite delightful, even for someone like me who detests the typical romantic comedy.

This one rises above, mostly due to Ian Holm's portrayal as a Freudian analyst seeing the "neurotic" Jake. The guy is GREAT in this film, and his discussions with Jake, whether real or imagined, are what elevates the film above mediocrity.

When people write about the film, they tend to call the main character neurotic. Maybe it's because I'm neurotic, too, but Jake doesn't seem all that neurotic. He seems pretty much normal (yes, I realize that it's saying more about me than about him), and I actually like the guy. I would like to be friends with him. Maybe that's why I like the film, where he ends up getting the pretty girl.

Another reason why I like The Treatment is because of the dialogue, which is consistently strong and witty. It's not like an episode of Gilmore Girls - The Complete First Season, because the dialogue is a bit more believable, but the characters are all smart and sarcastic, so it make it enjoyable to talk to them. I mean, to listen to them. Ahem...

So if you're looking for a good date movie, guys, this one is better than most. Recommend it to your significant other, and she will think you're "deep."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eugenia on September 5, 2008
Format: DVD
Jake Singer is a school teacher in an upscale private boy's school in Manhattan. His students are cordial and smart and even when they misbehave, they are not too difficult to handle. Jake teaches literature and at times seems to draw a parallel between great literary works of Camus and Chekov to his own. He finds out that his ex-girlfriend is getting married and is crushed about it. He realizes that he had no relationship or emotional attachment for a year and to better understand himself starts therapy. His therapist is a student of Freud and seems to see a lot in a fact that Jake's mother has died when Jake was a young boy and Jake's relationship with his father who is a doctor is strained. We only can assume that his father was disappointed about Jake's choice of profession and that is the cause of their mutual resentment. By coincidence, Jake meets at school a parent, a young widow who is adoptive mother of two young children. They start a relationship that is a complicated one. Widow is well off, young and pretty and totally devoted to her adoptive children. Jake barely makes ends meet and is resigned in living in a small apartment, spending the rest of his life teaching literature to young boys in hope that he can shape their character for the future. Would these two people ever make it together as a couple, let alone as a husband and wife? You will have to see this movie to make that decision on your own. Lots of fine humor in this film and cast is very good.
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It isn't a conventional romantic comedy; it's more realistic, at least in its emotional content, and so less satisfying than my favorites of the genre (I'd rate "Notting Hill" five stars, which may give you a sense of my tastes). Its unconventionality makes it more surprising as well. The dialogue is smart and witty, the leads, Chris Eigeman and Famke Janssen, are excellent (Janssen is especially appealing), and Ian Holm is best of all -- most of the laugh-out-loud moments are his. (I bet he savored the role.) Because it's a white-collar Manhattan romantic comedy, the obscenities and blunt sexual talk jolted me, but they aren't out of character, they're just not what I'm used to in this sort of movie. One detail that I think says a lot about the movie's intellectual level: it contains the most perceptive discussion of literature (Eigeman plays an English teacher) I've seen on screen.

I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but to those to whom I would I'd recommend it highly (sorry about the gnarled syntax, but you know what I mean).
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