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6.61 h 44 min200915
What happens when the people we count on to hold us together are barely holding it together themselves? Jonas Pate's Shrink is a striking, fast-paced expos��� of the 'other' Hollywood, featuring folks living outside their comfort zone and the people who put them there.
Jonas Pate
Kevin SpaceyRobert LoggiaPell James
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Keke PalmerGriffin DunneAndrew SibnerSaffron BurrowsJack HustonDallas RobertsGore VidalLaura Ramsey
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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Call me AlReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Psychiatrist Heal Thyself
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Kevin Spacey gives a masterful understated performance as a Hollywood psychiatrist trying to come to terms with his wife’s suicide while attempting to continue with his day job. There is an underlying dark humour pervading this slow, intelligent, intense and poignant tale of some Los Angeles folk coping the best they can with what life has thrown at them. There is undoubtedly an element of satire here with its wry look at celebrity lifestyle (reminiscent of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere) and the film’s technique of intertwining the lives of the leading characters reminds me of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts. Although not of that quality this film definitely deserves to be seen, not only for Spacey’s central performance but also for the quality ensemble acting, in particular Dallas Roberts’ hilarious turn as a narcissistic, anxiety-ridden, germ-phobic high-powered talent agent. There are some notable cameos from Gore Vidal, Robert Loggia and a particularly affecting rendition of an aging lothario actor by Robin Williams. Despite its imperfections I liked this film for its humanity and for that I can forgive an ending which in itself was rather ‘Hollywood’.
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eve winterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 April 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Let the healing begin.
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Although this beguiling, bitter-sweet film is set in the neurotic confines of Hollywood celebrity culture, it is decidedly not of the same hue as some other movies mining that territory for dark satire, and clearly not intended to be so. This is a humane, touching and often quietly funny story centred around the shambolic figure of Henry Carter, "psychiatrist to the stars", who is himself suffering a breakdown following the suicide of his wife. Ignoring the advice in his own bestselling self-help guides, he deals with the situation by smoking weed from morning till night, stumbling through the film in a permanently stoned state whilst attempting to carry on with his professional duties. Kevin Spacey gives a beautiful performance as Henry, by turns subtle, amusing and poignant; quite the best thing he's done on film in years and a reminder of what a great actor he is given the right material. He is more than ably supported by the actors playing his troubled patients, including an unbilled Robin Williams as an ageing star longing for the wild sexual adventures of his youth, the brilliant Dallas Roberts as obsessive-compulsive agent Patrick who is tormented by the many ways in which germs, mobile phones or asteroids might kill him, and Jack Huston as a gorgeous young Irish actor frustrated in his desire to make serious films by the shallow focus on his physical attributes (a character so clearly modelled on Colin Farrell one immediately wonders if he's seen it!). Special mention also to Jesse Plemons as Jesus, the hilariously dim-witted drug dealer who becomes Henry's main confidant during his breakdown, and Pell James as the sweet-natured Daisy who has a thankless task as Patrick's assistant.
If the film has a flaw it's in the plotting, which at times really requires you to suspend disbelief, as in the scene where struggling young screenwriter Jeremy (Henry's `god-brother by marriage') inveigles himself into the life of Gemma, a teenage patient of Henry's who like him is dealing with the fall-out of a tragedy. While this strand of the story has some smart points to make about the self-serving nature of creative types, the manner in which Jeremy initially connects with Gemma is a little hard to swallow; as is the way she eventually discovers his agenda. However, these really are minor flaws in a film whose chief pleasure lies in the lovely ensemble acting and the gentle, elliptical direction of Jonas Pate, who has made an oddly delicate and uplifting film despite the bleak perspectives and Hollywood setting.
Kudos to the writer Thomas Moffett too for providing some eminently quotable dialogue. And on that note, let the healing begin.
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dbReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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excellent film - counterbalance with good will hunting and you have a great evening of troubled watching.
TheoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Film
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Its very subtle if that's what your Into...
joyce islipReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 April 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Three Stars
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Not one of Spacey's best films.
Mr. C. SalibaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 October 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
most enjoyable
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this is a film for a lost afternoon with nothing to do . it slowly draws you in with layers of disfunctional characters
that enthrawl and entertain you "and for the most part " you can relate to !!
supprisingly briliant and throughly entertaining
prisrobReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 October 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Why Do They Do It
Kevin Spacey is not at his best as a psychiatrist to the 'stars'. After a recent personal tragedy he has turned into a grizzly bear with a dark beard that is not trimmed, and he is stuffing his mouth full of pills, 'whacky tobaccy' and Scotch. He mostly listens to his clients, but he does try. This is a film full of stars, Robin Williams, as an older star who is an alcoholic, but trying to convince himself he us a sex addict. Jack Huston, a young new star full of drugs and booze, Saffron Burrows as a starlet getting much older, Mark Webber as a young script writer looking for a break, Dallas Roberts as a more than neurotic, obsessive who manages the stars.

Throughout most of the film, Spacey sleep walks while doling out advice in the daytime, and drinking and drugging in the evening. It is not until a young girl is sent to him, pro bono, to help her figure out her anger that some sense seems to be knocked into heads. All in all this was a good film, but something was missing. Not Spacey's best, but there you have it.

Recommended. prisrob 10-10-13
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IMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Moving, clever and exceptional performances
Kevin Spacey's most interesting performance in some time; he is ably supported by a cast of familiar and less familiar faces. This would be a perfect double bill with American Beauty.
I loved this movie. I look forward to seeing it again.
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