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SHRINK,  POSTERSHRINK, 2009
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Directed by Jonas Pate

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Joe Nunez, Mark Webber, Keke Palmer, Sierra Aylina McClain, Saffron Burrows
Review by Melissa R. Mendelson


SYNOPSIS:

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.

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Happiness. Happiness is something that we all want, but does it really last? Could we remain on cloud nine and not worry about what lies ahead, and would time be put on hold? Or does death wait to slice into our heart, making us vulnerable, and would happiness then leave us behind? And would we then become stuck, stepping over shards of a broken life now gone, and having nobody come and tell us where we go from here?

There are no answers. There is no reason. A ghost now stands along broken road, and absence steals into the heart. And time won't turn back, and memories tear us apart. And we missed that stop, passing by those flashing signs, and lost in the daily mundane of our life, and the doors slammed closed. And they are now gone with notes left behind shining of the brilliance of their love, but there are no answers to tell us why. And now we are left haunted by a burning question that refuses to let go.

The streets beneath me strum with life, and we are all in the pursuit of happiness, striving for perfection. But the cracks in the pavement are the flaws in the mirror, and a stranger returns my stare. My eyes glisten with darkness, conflict, and my heart lies heavy, making it harder to breathe. And life presses down against me, making every step heavier, but still I struggle to walk. I struggle to believe that things would get better, but escape is stealing me away. And I find myself slowly standing still behind the world, but is this what they would want? For us to give up, surrender? Should we allow ourselves to fade away, lingering across their absence, or do we try and find a way forward, pulling the pieces of our lives back together again?

They're looking to me for answers, but all I have are questions that I cannot answer. I missed the signs. I missed her pain, and now the light of my life has left me in the dark. And there is no escape except to drift into the sweet embrace of oblivion, forgetting and disappearing, but they won't let me go. But how could I help them when I have no answers, no way back to a life that I lost, and where do I go from here? I feel myself drowning under the waves of my life, begging for rescue, but can I save myself?

Why? That was all she wanted to know, but nobody answered her. Life went on like nothing ever happened, but the light of her life was gone. And escape pulled her away, and she lost herself in dreams and imagination. But reality waited by the door, and her mother was still gone. And she was the one left behind, and nobody would tell her why. And doubt fogged the mirror before her, and anger was the fist that struck it hard. And pieces of her life now fell into his hands.

His life was falling apart, and he was slipping away. But part of him was holding on, but what was he holding on for? And how could he help her, the young girl that now sat before him? How could he give her the answers that he so desperately sought? Could he take away her pain, ending his own, or would she remain lost like him, prisoner to escape? And rings of doubt drifted into the air, circling tighter around him, and the conflict of life walked through his door, endless sessions that once gave his life sense. But nothing makes sense anymore, and Henry Carter lingers along the rough waters of tragedy, struggling to remain afloat.

Happiness is something that we all want but is the hardest to obtain. Nothing in this life is ever easy, and every day is a trial that we must overcome. But sometimes the odds feel stacked up against us, and there is no reason to keep pushing, to keep trying. And escape takes us by the hand, telling us to let go, and we listen. And we disappear, and the world leaves us behind. And our lives become unfinished, broken pieces of promise, and we are cut deep from the shards of regret because we stopped trying, never realizing that happiness was close in hand. And if only we struggled to keep our heads above water, fought harder to walk along broken road would we have found solid ground, dreams taking flight, and love waiting to erase the darkness that had held us, and this is why we could never give up. No matter how painful the tragedy, a silver lining remains, lingering across intricate, driven stories with powerful characters brought forth through the brilliance of talent, and we savor the sweet and bitter taste of life in movies such as Shrink.

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