Empathetic, intimate, sensitive. A film about survivors. "Shrink" is marvelously acted, by Spacey particularly -- this was his best work since "American Beauty." Director Jonas Pate has a real gift for capturing mean beauty of L.A.'s beach houses, clubs and skyscrapers, and the way he fills bold, lingering frames with the faces of his actors pays off. Criminally underrated.
It is a tender story, enjoyable and easy to follow. But the movie does try to be anything more than just that, a story. And at the end, all we get is what could be sum up in a sentence, in the movie profile. And it's a shame, because there were several clues, droped along, about therapy, hollywood, loss, friendship, closure, that are not dealt with, or are just superficially put into clichés. Still, a "nice flick".
Kevin Spacey plays his character to perfection. But the separated stories fail to connect in time and fail to pay off. The film touched grief, loneliness and drug abuse, but at the end of the day it still fell into the hollywood flick shelve. Recommended for KS die hard fans :)
I really liked this one aside from the ending. It looks like it was clearly designed to be a TV pilot, which sucks because it looks as if they sunk a lot of money and time into something that they ran out of the budget or script to conclude in some way. This is a four or five star film until credits which come way too soon.