The shrink next door (2021)

Directed by Michael Showalter, Jesse Peretz

Starring Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell and Kathryn Hahn, Casey Wilson

When the preview for this series premiered I was interested. It reminded in a way about what happened to Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys where a doctor controlled him. To see another case is just hard to believe that it happened to someone else.

The story is about Marty, he is an insecure shy man and his sister wants him to seek help from a psychologist. He goes to Dr. Ike Herschkopf. The sessions are helping Marty until dr. Ike begins to take advantage and manipulate Marty.

I have to admit first that it was a hard show to finish and not because it was bad. The story itself is sickening and as a testament to his talent, Paul Rudd did such an amazing work that his character was so hard to bare and tolerate. But it is a great miniseries. I know it was necessary keep the manipulation going as far they could to make the ending more powerful, but it was hard for me to watch in that sense.

Paul Rudd gave a great performance. He is such a likable actor and I just could not stand this character and that to me is a job well done. Will Ferrell showed here his serious acting, because the “comedy” present in this show was more sublima and in the text of the story. And Kathryn Hahn once again shines in a miniseries. Is a small cast but they all did a great job.

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