Mumford (1999)

LAWRENCE KASDAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

USA, 1999.   Touchstone Pictures, Kasdan Pictures.   Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.   Cinematography by .   Produced by Lawrence Kasdan, .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by , .   

Oddball characters are the main attraction to this shy little comedy from Lawrence Kasdan that features one of his best ensemble casts. is appropriately blank as the titular character, a psychiatrist in a small town (also called Mumford) who listens to repressed and unhappy people explain their problems away and gives them the opportunity to solve them. Misfit patients include a lovely (and frankly too little seen) Mary McDonnell as a shopping-addicted housewife, as a melancholy teenager and Hope Davis as a completely inhibited young woman living with a Godzilla of a mother (, they also played mother and daughter in The Imposters).  Mumford soon finds himself concentrating on bringing out Davis’ true personality and befriending lonely software magnate billionaire , until nosy psychiatrists and start investigating his legitimacy. Sweet and light, never in any way an important film but well crafted and satisfying.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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