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posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for drug content throughout, and pervasive language including some sexual references.
Profanity:Constant very strong language
Nudity/Sex:Sexual references and non-explicit situation
Alcohol/Drugs:Characters abuse alcohol and use and deal drugs, overdose
Violence/Scariness:Tense confrontations, references to suicide
Diversity Issues:Diverse characters
Movie Release Date:July 31, 2009
DVD Release Date:September 29, 2009

“Physician, heal yourself!”

Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is the best-selling author of a book called Happiness Now and a Los Angeles psychiatrist to glamorous and highly successful people. But he is a mess, self-medicating to the point of obliterating himself with drugs and alcohol. He walks off in the middle of a talk show interview about his book. He walks out of an intervention from his friends and family. He is trying to walk out of his life. His patients want answers, reassurance, a sense of order and safety. But the usual assurances and gentle openings, “I know how hard that is” or “Do you know why you feel this way?” do not seem to work. And a devastating loss in his own life has left him in greater need than any of them.

Spacey is mesmerizing as the “compassion fatigued” Carter. The pain and anger of his character are palpable, as is his heart-wrenching frustration at not being able to stop feeling for himself and his patients. The cast is filled with brilliant performers who find subtlety and heart in otherwise stock characters (out of control rock star, would-be writer, shark agent, troubled teen) complex and sympathetic. Dallas Roberts (the agent), Pell James (the agent’s assistant), and KeKe Palmer of “Akeela and the Bee” (the teen) are pitch-perfect. If writer Thomas Moffett makes the mistake of falling too much in love with his characters to let anything too terrible happen to them, it is understandable, because we do, too.



  • Tim1974

    Surprisingly I have heard of this film. However, after having read the review, I feel it would be something that I would want to see. It seems to have a complelling story line and interesting characters. I am hoping the film is as good as the review sounds.

  • Tim1974

    I should have stated that surprisingly I haven’t heard of this film. Geezzzzz

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thank you, Tim. I believe the outstanding performances make this movie worth seeing.

  • Ben Cahan

    Looks like a good film, but you might want to double check imdb.com to make sure you’ve attributed the writing credits to the correct ppl. Always a good idea when covering a movie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1247692/

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, Ben! I’ll make the correction. I misread IMDB Pro, which puts the category after the name rather than before. According to the rules of the site, nine more corrections and you get a free copy of my book, so keep going!

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