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Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
I don't know how many movies they can make about how horrible and lonely it is to be rich, but after watching this film I know it's at least one too many.
The main reason why I wanted to watch this was Kevin Spacey's name involved. I really like him, I think he is a fantastic actor and once again it was impossible not to like his performance in this film. Unfortunately Shrink was not as good as I imagined it to be.
The story is centered in the world of cinema. Hollywood is the land of dreams for the ones who want to be someone in that magical cinematic world. Dr. Carter is a celebrity shrink but he is dealing with some psychological problems too. He starts to loose his abilities to help others because he became a drug addict due to a tragedy in his life.
We follow a lot…
I know some people hate films like this with a big cast with overlapping story lines, but I just seem to love them. In short, this film is like CRASH only dealing with the movie industry.
It all surrounds Spacey, who is fantastic, as a shrink in charge of helping many of our characters, when he needs help himself dealing with his deceased wife.
There's plots with a writer trying to find a good idea, a young girl who has lost her mother and needs help, an actress with a cheating boyfriend and an actor unhappy with his career choices.
I thought the cast really good overall, not a weak link in the bunch. The Agent was probably the best…
I don't think there's been one bad role spacey's done. if he has done a stinker I'm sure he brings something back into the movie, as such is a great actor. This movie is perfect to showcase Spacey's talent.
There was potential for much more if they just roughed this up a bit. The groundwork sounds good and the cast presents some good couplings but the real bulk of the plot is too convenient to leave any lasting marks. It's all been done before.
This film fails on so many levels. I can't believe Spacey agreed to star in it. I think one of my stars is awarded based on the fact that Spacey and Robin Williams shared screen time. That was great. Otherwise, it's an overly sentimental misfire.
A decent ending can't save this confused, plodding mess. All of the stories never truly feel connected, even if they are.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm a fan of rambling stories with multiple characters touching each other's lives, creating a web of interconnectivity. Robert Altman's Short Cuts did it best, in my opinion. Crash won an Oscar for doing it. Shrink is mediocre. On the surface, it's good if you don't mind excessively depressed meandering for nearly two hours. But there is absolutely no transition between conflict and resolution for any of these people. Suddenly things just work out. Why in the world would our agent character have this personality change? Maybe I blinked and missed something. And truly, why is he representing Jemma? She didn't write the script! She has no claim on the material. She could find a lawyer and try to sue for having her life story told without her consent, but she'd have to prove damages; a writer can write about your life. That's how it goes. The writing of this movie is terribly amateurish.
The mass majority of Americans have issues, including myself. After viewing Shrink, however, my personal issues pale in comparison to those of Henry Carter’s. Drugs and death surround Shrink, and its characters, creating the subsequential theme of the film. Every character in the film suffers from some sort of addiction or disorder. Normally it would be professionals like Henry Carter who help sort those problems out, but in the time frame of this film, Henry Carter is in no shape to be handing out advice.
Kevin Spacey plays celebrity psychiatrist, Henry Carter, who, as we meet his character, is preoccupied with drugs. Henry’s wife has died prior to the start of the film and as the story unfolds, the viewer…
I like Kevin Spacey, but this movie bored the shit out of me. I wasn't interested in anything that was presented onscreen.
I just needed the injection of Kevin Spacey. I saw this one long ago and wanted to refresh my memory. The fact that I forgot about it, tells you enough. Still, it's down-to-earth and realistic. We (the proud Balkan people) never go to shrinks, we're mentally the healthiest nation in the world, so it's always interesting to see that others (especially celebrities and the ridiculously rich) are fucked up for some silly reasons :-)
The acting was fine but it didn't make me feel as much as it wanted me to.
Shrink is an odd and uncomfortable mix indeed. Populated by characters in various degrees of self destructive or burnt out extremis, it plumps for existential meaning in a modern world (Hollywood!) of narcissism and competitive stress. What it delivers is a narrative that jerks toward a conclusion of jaw dropping contrivance. It's as if the first two acts were built and remodelled over years of studious analysis (albeit overworked), and then given a denouement that was tacked on to meet an overnight deadline. Some of the dialogue and exchanges are written brilliantly, in brutal contrast to the story itself, and it's performed by a quality cast clearly revelling in their mostly overwrought roles. As a study in grief and it's…
A depressed Hollywood shrink (Kevin Spacey) tries to find his way back to life...
SHRINK is a terrible movie. Hollywood bullshit. Full of Hollywood bullshit characters. It's message is as dumb as naive. It's Hollywood being Hollywood. Narcissistic, self-important and empty. SHRINK tells you that you can overcome any problem if you make a movie about it. No shit. This is what really happens here. The movie gives us two depressed characters who both have lost a loved one by suicide. As talking doesn't help it's the love for movies that will finally solve the problem.
If it weren't for Spacey SHRINK would be unbearable. He walks around constantly smoking dope, looking like shit and although feeling sorry for himself…
I found this a bit tedious, and a bit confusing!
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