Lined with an all-star cast including Kevin Spacey, and with actors taking pay cuts, the movie Shrink was destined to succeed. The film is a masterpiece. “What happens when the people we count on to hold it together are barely holding it together themselves?” That question gives a synopsis of the movie at hand, and really explains the life of Dr. Carter (not to be confused with Little Wayne), as shrink of the stars.
Like many of the characters throughout the films this year Kevin Spacey (Dr. Carter) is haunted by a mistake from his past. So much so that his life appears to be in ruins, even though he is the one who is supposed to be helping others.
The film begins in Dr Carter’s home, and he is clearly in despair, waking up disshevelled next to a bottle of alcohol. Throughout the film, he attempts to help others while battling with his own demons, some of which he conquers, others of which he does not. One really strong suit to the movie was that each individual character was utterly unique, with problems of their own that needed to be solved. It was very interesting to watch the character development and note how they fed off one another. Each individual’s problem was the answer to another’s, and it was very interesting to see how they all tied together.