I think the problem is that this film has too much in common with the recent HBO show, IN TREATMENT. Both are about troubled psychiatrists dealing with a variety of patients, and being a ninety minute film, SHRINK can’t help but pale somewhat in comparison- although I still think it’s a damn fine film. Spacey really does get a lot more to work with here than he’s had in a while, and I was impressed by the way he really allowed himself to sink into his role. He’s actually quite convincing as a shrink mid-meltdown, and his climatic meltdown, opposite Gore Vidal of all people (playing himself) is extremely well played. Between this, MOON, and the upcoming MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, Spacey really seems to be hitting his stride again, and hopefully, before long, he’ll deliver another film comparable to his best work in L.A CONFIDENTIAL, SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, & AMERICAN BEAUTY.
As for the rest of the cast, everyone is quite good, with young Keke Palmer really being the standout, as the trouble pro-bono case, who also happens to be obsessed with film, and at one point drags Spacey to a screening of FARGO, rather than continue with a session. Also noteworthy is Dallas Roberts, who despite playing a stereotypical, super-agent asshole, avoids channeling Jeremy Piven/ Ari Gold, although his sudden, emotional transformation towards the end is a little hard to take. As always, it was a treat seeing the delectable Saffron Burrows onscreen- who, as far as I’m concerned, gets hotter with age. Veteran character actor Robert Loggia also turns up as Spacey’s father, who also happens to be a shrink, but thankfully, is not turned into a cliché. Robin Williams also turns up in an uncredited, extended cameo, where he more or less seems to be playing a dark version of himself, and is very memorable despite his limited screen time.
On-camera interviews with director Jonas Pate and producer Braxton Pope: These interviews pretty much repeat the info we heard in the commentary, and director Pate talks a bit about casting Keke Palmer, who evidently is a big star on the Disney Channel, and is a favorite of his young son.
Deleted scenes: About seven minutes worth, we get a few interesting cuts, including an appearance by Griffin Dunne as Spacey’s smarmy literary agent. There’s also a few scenes revolving around some of the more peripheral characters, suggesting that a more CRASH-like structure might have originally been intended for the film, which as it’s stands, focuses mostly on Spacey, and his clients.
We also get a music video- "Here" by Jackson Browne ; and the theatrical trailer