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Shrink (2009)

  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 9,495 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 6 August 2009 (Greece)
  • Runtime: 104 min | Germany:110 min (European Film Market)
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Shrink (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Shrink (2009)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 9,495 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 6 August 2009 (Greece)
  • Runtime: 104 min | Germany:110 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Gross: $189,332(USA)(4 October 2009)
  • Director: Jonas Pate
  • Stars: Kevin Spacey, Mark Webber and Keke Palmer
  • Original Music By: Ken Andrews  Brian Reitzell   
  • Soundtrack: Vintage Sci-Fi Soundtrack
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Shrink | Drug Dealer | Marijuana | Germophobe | Nonlinear Timeline

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Thomas Moffett  screenplay

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Patric tells Henry that 548 x 297 equals 162,765. In fact, it is 162,756.

    Plot: 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. Full summary » |  »

    Story: In Hollywood, people in need revolve around Dr. Henry Carter, a shrink: Jack, an aging star wants permission to cheat on his wife; Shamus is a director who's a cokehead; Patrick is a high-powered germophobic producer; Jeremy is a young writer looking for a break; Jemma, a high-school student, is skipping school; and Kate is an actress facing her mid-30s. Henry's wife recently died; he's grieving, blaming himself, smoking lots of pot. Henry's friends try an intervention; someone steals a patient's file from Henry; Patrick's assistant, the pregnant Daisy, sees promise in Jeremy's work; and, Jesus, Henry's drug dealer, sells him some potent weed. Can anything good come of this?Written by <>  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Dana Brunetti known as producer
    • Pell James known as co-producer
    • Kelly MacManus known as associate producer
    • Alex Plapinger known as associate producer
    • Braxton Pope known as producer
    • John Saviano known as co-producer
    • Kevin Spacey known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Kevin Spacey known as Henry
    • Joe Nunez known as Recording Supervisor (as Joseph A. Nuñez)
    • Mark Webber known as Jeremy
    • Keke Palmer known as Jemma
    • Sierra Aylina McClain known as Carina
    • Ada Luz Pla known as Teacher
    • Saffron Burrows known as Kate
    • Jack Huston known as Shamus
    • Pell James known as Daisy
    • Mei Melançon known as Miyu
    • Dallas Roberts known as Patrick
    • Andrew Sibner known as Richie
    • Troy Metcalf known as O.T.
    • Kendall Clement known as Uncle Jim
    • Jesse Plemons known as Jesus
    • Braxton Pope known as Braxton
    • Robert Loggia known as Dr. Robert Carter
    • Clayton Rohner known as Dr. McBurney
    • Ken Weiler known as Jason
    • Joel Gretsch known as Evan
    • Aimee Garcia known as Check-out Girl
    • Tiernan Burns known as Tiernan
    • Mystro Clark known as Dr. Morton
    • Justin Alston known as Rio
    • Brian Palermo known as Mitch
    • Philip Pavel known as Neil
    • Michelle Columbia known as Geisha Hostess
    • Laura Ramsey known as Keira
    • Ashley Greene known as Missy (as Ashley Michele Greene)
    • Robert Farrior known as Bryce
    • Branden R. Morgan known as Eric (as Branden Morgan)
    • Brian Huskey known as Film Executive #1
    • Jillian Armenante known as Karen
    • Jennifer Rade known as Fan (Woman)
    • Derek Weston known as Ramirez (as Derek Alvarado)
    • Thomas Moffett known as Director
    • Joe Nieves known as Lil King
    • Bobby Arnot known as Intern
    • Weston Middleton known as P.A.
    • Mina Olivera known as Make-up Girl
    • Gore Vidal known as George Charles
    • Robin Williams known as Holden
    • Rakefet Abergel known as Orderly (uncredited)
    • Ike Barinholtz known as Steve (uncredited)
    • Damian Cecere known as Intern Supervisor (uncredited)
    • Aurelius DiBarsanti known as Guest (uncredited)
    • Griffin Dunne known as (uncredited)
    • Richard Ryan known as Valet (uncredited)
    • Richard Schimmelpfenneg known as Rasta / burning man (uncredited)
    • Sonny Scozzari known as Prep School Student (uncredited)
    • Yoni Tabac known as Male Shopper (uncredited)
    • Ryan Van de Kamp Buchanan known as Le Deux Bartender (uncredited)
    • Pleasant Wayne known as Jemma's Mother (uncredited)
    • Don Winston known as Scott (uncredited)
    • Ilya Jonathan Zaydenberg known as Rude Pedestrian (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Adam Brandy known as makeup artist: Mr. Spacey
    • Autumn Butler known as key makeup artist
    • Scott Cameron known as hair stylist: Mr. Spacey
    • Steve Costanza known as additional makeup artist
    • Megan Graham known as makeup department head
    • Tracey Henton known as makeup artist
    • Cheri Minns known as personal makeup artist
    • Jessica Pirkl known as additional hair
    • Jessica Pirkl known as additional makeup artist
    • James Servera Jr. known as hair department head
    • Sara Vaughn known as additional makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Jaime Beebe known as buyer
    • Gary Burkhart known as set designer
    • Matthew Cavaliero known as property master
    • Amanda Mendonca known as set dresser
    • Dennis Ogle known as leadman




    Production Companies:

    • Roadside Attractions (presents)
    • Ignite Entertainment
    • Ithaka Entertainment (as Ithaka Films)
    • Trigger Street Productions

    Other Companies:

    • Brand-in Entertainment  product integration
    • Central Casting  extras casting
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Film Source  motion picture film supplied by
    • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
    • PES Payroll  payroll services
    • Soundelux  post-production sound services


    • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Maple Pictures (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Roadside Attractions (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • A-Film Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Deltamac Entertainment (2009) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
    • Fine Films (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
    • Midget Entertainment (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
    • Noble Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
    • Noble Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Spentzos Films (2009) (Greece) (all media)
    • Valentim de Carvalho Multimédia (2010) (Portugal) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Andrew Lewitin known as visual effects
    • Ken Locsmandi known as visual effects supervisor: Filmworks/FX, Inc.
    • Tamar Shaham known as visual effects coordinator

    Release Date:

    • USA 21 January 2009 (Sundance Film Festival)
    • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • USA 22 May 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
    • USA 24 July 2009 (limited)
    • Canada 31 July 2009 (Toronto)
    • Greece 6 August 2009
    • Netherlands 3 September 2009
    • France 8 September 2009 (Deauville American Film Festival)
    • Israel 10 September 2009
    • Canada 29 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 29 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Estonia 13 November 2009
    • Belgium 18 November 2009
    • Sweden 19 November 2009 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
    • Sweden 25 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Russia 10 December 2009
    • Hungary 9 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Germany 12 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Portugal 27 May 2010
    • France 12 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Japan 3 September 2011 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for drug content throughout, and pervasive language including some sexual references



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. NewSkol from Tallinn, Estonia
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      If you are an IMDb addict like myself who has set himself or herselfstrict guidelines as to the minimum score and/or number of votes, thenthis movie is one of those films that are underrated. Personally, Ibroke my rule of a minimum of 7.0 rating due to the fact that KevinSpacey was in the picture. Very glad I did so. In fact, I am going tocancel all rulings based on this movie alone.

      Before I go on, I must say that it is understandable why the movie isunderrated. The movie develops at a slower pace than what the averagemovie fan is used to and it definitely lacks the suspense moments,action, thrills and so on. However it has so much more to compensatefor it. Intricate character development, superb acting, deep and verywell though through screenplay and dialogues, makes this movie abrilliant and yet simple unique creation.

      It makes you think about your own lives, the lives of those around you.Everybody has got problems, everyone has got issues, its not just onthe big screen. Often, the stories of those around you are far moreprofound than what you see on the screen. The screenplays and movieshave tried nearly every possible scenario, every possible plot.Directors and screenwriters, alike, try to deliver ever morecomplicated and twisted plots that the movie watchers would besurprised by. This movie strikes all that, it forgets Hollywood anddelivers something unique and true to humanity. It brings you down toearth and sheds light into the lives of those around you, on somethingthat happens to a lot of us, everyday.

      As always, Kevin Spacey delivers a top notch performance. This is themovie that you would want to see more than once, maybe it is one ofthose movies that you would be willing to watch twice… in a row. Ibelieve that there is something to be found in this movie upon each newtime that you watch it. It is definitely one of the best movies in thepast year or so. Simply brilliant.

    2. oridzinal from Ukraine
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      …And the deal is not even about Kevin Spacey, whose acting alwaystouches me very deeply.

      The point is about the mood that is so well transmitted through thecommon screen glass. No thrilling plot twists but very gentlereflection of the main characters' lives. 'Cause they're still here andthis is something… right?

      Please be sure you have an appropriate mood for the slowly depictingpersonalities. Whose lives can really suck sometimes. And if you getlucky to see this film in the right mood and place I assure you willnot leave empty… At least you have space to fill in.

    3. Ronni Brant from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      ADHD kids beware: This movie will not satisfy your endless hunger forcar chases, explosions and over-the-top joke-every-nine-seconds sitcomdialog.

      Shrink is a subtly funny drama of depth with real characters in realpain, each coping in their own way. The directing is perfect. Thispicture called for downplayed artistry…and that's exactly what JonasPate delivered. He knew well enough to keep this film grounded and letthe characters breathe.

      And speaking of the characters; they were all beautifully written andperformed. I really wasn't familiar with most of the cast…but I feltthey all did their character's justice. Spacey wasn't the only one thatbrought his A-game to the set.

      Shrink is not a bundle of excitement. It's a beautiful, touching moviethat will be enjoyed by any adult with a taste for quality drama.

    4. druid333-2 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      This is one of those oddball films that despite the fact that it boastsa fine cast,it somehow manages to slip between the cracks (at least indistribution terms). Shrink concerns a cadre of Los Angelas headcases,searching for some kind of better meaning in life. Kevin Spaceyis Henry Carter,a successful psychologist,who has written a bestselling self help book who's own life is crying out for meaning. Hiswife committed suicide the year before,and he seeks solace bymedicating himself with Marijuana,and has all but given up on his ownpatients. Keke Palmer is Jemma,an angry high school student who is sentto Henry,but opts to hide out in the movies,day after day (she wants tobe a film maker,herself). Mark Webber is Jeremy,Henry's friend,who istaking an interest in Jemma (but mostly as a friend). Add the likes ofSaffron Burrows (Fay Grim,Time Codes,and not nearly seen enough infilms as she deserves),is Kate,Henry's neighbor,and oddly enough,RobinWilliams as Holdin,one of Henry's patients,and it all comes together inan uneven,but not unwatchable drama/comedy. Director Jonas Pate,movingup from producing and/or directing for television,makes the most ofThomas Moffett's script about screwed up Los Angelas arch types. Notrated by the MPAA,but contains pervasive pot smoking,raunchy language &adult situations.

    5. christianvillagomez from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      First of all I've been very aware of how critics gave this filmlackluster reviews yet I beg to differ, and thankfully so do mostpeople rating this on IMDb. It's essentially a Hollywood dramedyrevolving around the couple of individual lives including Dr. HenryCarter played oh so charismatically and sharply by Kevin Spacey withmany other characters such as Jeremy, an ongoing writer played by MarkWebber and Jemma: an emotionally struggling teenager girl played by thevery identifiable star Keke Palmer. Be aware though, I watched this onT.V and was very close to passing this up due to it's not-so-appealing2/4 star rating on Dish but I really felt like I needed to see this atleast once due to its interesting premise and after watching it I wasproud to say to myself that it exceeded beyond any short-termexpectations I may have had for it at the moment. The most identifiabletrait that really characterized it is that it may be just over anhour-and-a-half but it feels just over 2 hours, most people wouldassume that's a bad thing and would immediately go on to bash it forits slow pace, I prefer to call it STEADY pacing since thecharacterizations are done so right considering director Jonas Pate'svery realistic and, should I say, very TRANQUIL style. You really hangon throughout this whole journey of a movie embracing what next stepeach of these people have to face in their lives and I couldn't helpbut feel satisfied by the end of the movie, which is indeed the sureplus way of knowing it was a good movie wait, change that: a fantasticmovie.

    6. Gordon-11 from Hong Kong
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      This film is about a psychiatrist who fell into a mess of drugaddiction and emotional turmoil after his wife's death.

      "Shrink" could have been interesting, as it chronicles the healer'slife being wounded. Acting is good, sets are nice and production isgood too. However, the pacing is simply too slow. I also find thecharacters not so engaging. I view their lives, their pains and theirstruggles, but I don't feel for them. I just don't care about them.This lack of engagement kills the movie for me.

      The strong cast and strong acting (especially by Kevin Spacey) failedto translate into a piece of touching cinema. It's a great pity.

    7. KVolchok from Portugal
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      Kevin Spacey plays Henry Carter,a very famous and successfulshrink,practicing in Hollywood, with a very extensive celebrityclientèle.With 2 self help books published,Carter seems to have it allfigured it out but these days he's the one who needs help. Unable tocop with his wife's suicide Carter has been self-medicating withmarijuana falling into a depressive state. Jemma is a young girl who'smother committed suicide as well.She doesn't understand why anddevelops an angry behavior.The school sent her to carter for sometherapy sections.Then we have several secondary characters, KateAmberson, an actress past her prime,Jeremy, a young writer trying tocome up with a good script,Patrick, a successful and ruthless Hollywoodagent who suffers from paranoia and anxiety,Shamus,a young actor whowants to do meaningful films and be taken seriously,Daisy who isPatrick's assistant,Holden,one of Carter's patients who is an alcoholicand Keira, an actress who's sleeping her way trough Hollywood.Shrink isan amazing movie.All the story-lines are obviously intertwined but in avery subtle way (not like crash).The characters are very human and noneof them is two-dimensional.They were all well written and their storieswere well explored. Each one is memorable in their own way.Kevin Spaceyis absolutely fantastic as Carter and so is Dallas Roberts as theeccentric Hollywood agent. The musical score couldn't be better,beautiful slow melodies that compliment the movie perfectly. Shrink isa subtle movie,it doesn't try to hard to grab your attention but itcertainly does.I wonder why this movie hasn't been talked about alittle more. Shrink is small in hype but big in quality.


    8. secondtake from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      Shrink (2009)

      We know the joke that is no joke at all–psychiatrists are the ones whoneed the help.

      The rest of the cast needs help, too, but Kevin Spacey is a perfectlydour, complex, troubled, and rather smart shrink. And if hisperformance is nuanced and powerful in an undramatic way, the largesupporting cast is exceptional, too. Exceptional. There might be issueswith the neat ending, or with some of the motivations here and there,but there is so much going on within this clearly deceptive world ofHollywood insiders and outsiders, almost anything goes.

      This is director Jonas Pate's first feature, after many t.v. episodesand some music video. That he coordinated such an involved plot, andmade it look good, is impressive. That he got such an array of actorsto be their idiosyncratic selves without too much strain andaffectation is also impressive. It might help that I expected anordinary film and found it extraordinary. It has an echo in many waysof "Short Cuts" and in many ways equals it, though that 1993 film hadnothing but the highest expectations (Robert Altman directing, based onRaymond Carver stories). "Shrink" is refreshing in how it approachesHollywood peripherally–not through a producer's office and some actorslooking to make it, but through this psychiatrist who treatsHollywood's elite.

      There might be a sense, especially at first, that there is no cleardirection to the plot. But that's a matter of having so many pieces,and they haven't started fitting together. I found each subplotengaging enough to lead me along quite happily right away. And so whenit got more integrated, and the stakes of the characters were raised,the whole just got better and better.

      I'm not sure how this slipped by everyone's attention. Don't let itslip yours.

    9. mjk280 from Pittsburgh, PA
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      This movie has some very good elements going for it, but for me itnever comes together in a nice crescendo. Kevin Spacey is very good inmy opinion, with a more honest performance that isn't too much like hisusual Spacey-ness (you know what I mean if you've seen him in othermovies). The rest of the cast is fine too and there's a good bit goingon in the movie.

      The problem I had was that it seems like it takes forever for anythingto happen (and it pretty much doesn't until the very end). There's SOmuch heavy dialogue followed by solemn stares by the characters that atfirst you don't mind it because you know it's an emotional film goingin, but eventually you just get fed up and can't stop thinking whensomething, anything will take a dramatic turn.

      Unfortunately it just didn't cut it for me. It's not a horrible film byany means, but not quite worth watching in my opinion. With somesnappier dialogue or a tighter pace I probably would have reallyenjoyed it.

    10. jeffrey4949 from United Arab Emirates
      30 Mar 2012, 12:15 pm

      The plot is simple and well tried – a group of seemingly unconnectedpeople become connected for good or for bad by means of a commondenominator – in this case Kevin Spacey, who is a 'Shrink to theStars'; but a shrink who himself is so lost through the death of hiswife that he himself can't cope. He needs more help than they do. Evenhis father, who is… yes, you guessed it… a shrink, can't seem to domuch to help.

      The movie is set in L.A. and does a great job in reinforcing thepicture that the rest of the world has about many people in L.A.(especially those who are Hollywood connected), who seem always to bewallowing in a mix of self-pity and helplessness, and who are dependenton drugs and shrinks (or should that be shrinks who are themselvesdependent on something or somebody else?).

      I don't rate 'SHRINK'. Kevin does his very best to deliver weak linesand he must have been fed up that the director could only think to showhow screwed up he was by making him either slump in a chair for hoursendlessly puffing on cigarettes and marijuana, or sitting for days incar with a low life drug pusher gaining buying both more drugs andhomespun therapy. In fact the director struggles throughout to makesomething of this script and screen play. Probably because he is taskedwith showing people having problems who really don't have any biggerproblems than millions of others around the world in or outside L.A.Robin Williams appears in a cameo role as… well himself, as far as Icould tell. His appearance adds no weight to the movie whatsoever (infact the opposite) and the producers should have saved his fees andgiven a less well known actor a chance. The feel-good ending is nothingmore than a convenient way to finish. No. The director of SHRINK shouldnot be too proud of himself. As a movie, Shrink fails to deliver anymeaningfull story or memorable experience. The only smiley aspect ofthe whole production was the movie producer character who is paranoidover cleanliness and calamity. That added a light humorous touch, butit was not enough to redeem the director in general and he should neverbe forgiven for the unimaginative way he handled the 'kicking over themotorcycle' scene. Even my parrot knew that was coming.

      Shrink fails to convince the viewer that anyone in the story has such aserious problem that can't be solved by sipping a nice cup of tea andchatting with a sensible friend.

      Watch it but don't expect too much.

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