The main reason why I wanted to watch this was Kevin Spacey's name involved. I really like him, I think he is a fantastic actor and once again it was impossible not to like his performance in this film. Unfortunately Shrink was not as good as I imagined it to be.
The story is centered in the world of cinema. Hollywood is the land of dreams for the ones who want to be someone in that magical cinematic world. Dr. Carter is a celebrity shrink but he is dealing with some psychological problems too. He starts to loose his abilities to help others because he became a drug addict due to a tragedy in his life.
We follow a lot of different stories from patients that go see Dr. Carter and also stories of some people that are not his patients but have something to do with them. All are kind of connected even without knowing why. As the film develops we start to understand why they are connected but this was not done at the best possible way. There are a lot of messy things, things that are not explained the way it should be. A lot of questions are left in the air and I would like to have understood more aspects of the life some characters. At times the pace might not be the best.
At the end of the film we feel that the characters had some closure with their problems but it was not enough. We spent the whole film trying to figure it out some questions and that not helped to create a feeling for them. I think it was not engaging to the point that we really care about all of them.
The acting was good from all the cast, being Kevin Spacey's performance my favorite. He delivered a very strong performance and we can really feel his pain and struggle. In my opinion he was the best thing of the film.
I think Shrink had all of the elements to be a great drama but unfortunately things didn't go so well.