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Shrink

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Director: Jonas Pate,

Cast: Jonas Pate, Kevin Spacey, Saffron Burrows, Mark Webber

 
A jaded psychiatrist takes on a pro bono case that puts his professionalism to the ultimate test in director Jonas Pate's knowing exposé of the "other" Hollywood. Between sorting through the insecurities of a fading film starlet (Saffron Burrows), a struggling writer (Mark Webber

Overview

A jaded psychiatrist takes on a pro bono case that puts his professionalism to the ultimate test in director Jonas Pate's knowing exposé of the "other" Hollywood. Between sorting through the insecurities of a fading film starlet (Saffron Burrows), a struggling writer (Mark Webber), and an obsessive-compulsive talent agent (Dallas Roberts), A-list psychiatrist Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) barely has the time to deal with his own problems. Suddenly, into the middle of Henry's malaise wanders a troubled teen who's never even set foot in the Hollywood Hills. This is Henry's first pro bono client, and considering his current state, he's not sure that now is the best time to be taking on more work. While Henry is jaded by Hollywood, his newest patient is obsessed with it. Faced with the challenge of helping a young girl through a particularly difficult time in her life, Henry does his best to remain professional despite harboring some rather serious misgivings during their first few sessions.

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Jonas Pate's Shrink is a shallow, self-involved exercise in moping. Ensemble dramas don't get more stultifying than this, as a half-dozen characters with ties to Hollywood wallow in their own beautiful grief, luxurious excesses, and pretty flaws. Shrink is founded on the idea that the characters are more interesting because they're celebrities, but that's really just an excuse for writer Thomas Moffett to drape overblown character traits on ciphers. Interestingly, the film's most false character is probably the one who strikes Moffett and Pate as the most true -- a delinquent teenage girl played by Keke Palmer. She's acting out because her mother committed suicide, but how she acts out is the bogus part -- she skips school to watch classic movies in the theater. Movies like Fargo, which are notable for probably having influenced the filmmakers, not for actually having played theatrically after their initial run. This is one example of how Shrink, disguised as a contemplation of emotional pain, is really just a way for the filmmakers to congratulate themselves and other aspiring Hollywood types on their chosen career path. Movies can heal all ills, right? Even while ostensibly condemning the misbehavior of familiar archetypes -- the rock-star director who parties too hard, the sex-addicted movie star, the agent spitting obscenities into his Bluetooth -- Pate is really just reinforcing our collective notion of Hollywood's glamorous sleaziness, which we find compelling in spite of ourselves. That he thinks he's doing something more profound is Pate's greatest form of naïveté. If Palmer's character is the film's most artificial, then Kevin Spacey's is the most insufferable. As the titular shrink, Spacey smokes so many joints, so ostentatiously, that he's barely ever seen without one. If the character had gone scuba diving, Pate would have found a way for him to toke up underwater.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
UPC:
0031398112846
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
15,812

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Jonas Pate and producer Braxton Pope; On-camera interviews with director Jonas Pate and producer Braxton Pope; Music video - "Here" by Jackson Browne; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Henry Carter
Saffron Burrows Actor
Mark Webber Actor
Dallas Roberts Actor
Keke Palmer Actor
Griffin Dunne Actor
Pell James Actor
Jack Huston Actor
Gore Vidal Actor
Laura Ramsey Actor
Jesse Plemons Actor
Joel Gretsch Actor
Robert Loggia Actor

Technical Credits
Jonas Pate Director
Ken Andrews Score Composer
Johanna Argan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jackson Browne Songwriter
Dana Brunetti Producer
Michael Burns Producer
Luis Carballar Editor
Lukas Ettlin Cinematographer
Mark Hutman Production Designer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Pell James Co-producer
Thomas Moffett Screenwriter
Braxton Pope Producer
Henry Reardon Original Story
Brian Reitzell Score Composer
John Saviano Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shrink
1. Good Morning [8:28]
2. School Called [9:02]
3. Talk [7:13]
4. You on Drugs? [6:33]
5. Pro Bono [8:29]
6. This Case [5:36]
7. You're Not 27 [8:25]
8. Street Legal [8:45]
9. Neurotics [6:55]
10. Dr. Henry Carter [8:27]
11. Does It Say Why? [:00]
12. First Film [13:02]

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Shrink 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NashaCT More than 1 year ago
Awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!11