Kevin Spacey seems to hate playing guys we love to hate. The Oscar-winning actor delivers menacing, sarcastic line-readings with such delicious flatness that he commands the screen as a psycho killer or simmering suburbanite with rage issues. One doesnt begrudge Spacey his bids to avoid typecasting, but his performances in less aggressive roles such as Pay It Forward, The Shipping News and now Shrink simply don't prove as much fun.
Spacey plays Los Angeles psychologist Henry Carter. The role would seem to be a perfect profession for the actor to play so many therapists need to cultivate the poker-faced, sphinx-like, Dr. Melfi quality that encourages patients to break the silence and keep talking. Spaceys Carter isnt just any shrink, though. He's a rich, grieving pothead who cant get past his wifes death. Plus, hes a celebrity therapist and best-selling self-help author of such unimaginative titles as Happiness Now and Stop Feeling Sad. (And now hes sad! The irony!)
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