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Shrink

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 exposé of the "other" Hollywood, featuring folks living outside their comfort zone and the people who put them there.Henry Carter is a psychiatrist with an A-list clientele, including a once-famous actress, an insecure young writer, and a comically obsessive-compulsive super-agent. Henry is not in a good place, however. He has been asked to take his… Show more

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July 31, 2009 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

In “Shrink,’’ Kevin Spacey plays a Los Angeles psychiatrist, pothead, and best-selling author who’s been depressed since his wife killed herself. Folks like Robin Williams, Saffron Burrows, Dallas Roberts, and Keke Palmer play the patients. They’re all thumbnail sketches masquerading as characters. And for about 10 minutes, I played along. The movie introduces most of these people during the opening title sequence, and starts forcing connections. The lovelorn valet/screenwriter (Mark Webber) has a “Graduate’’ poster in his apartment; the troubled teen (Palmer) has cut school to watch “The Graduate.’’

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