Mrs. Crisp: What kind of doctor are you?
Dr. Mumford: Ph.D. in psychology.
Mrs. Crisp: Oh. Not a real doctor.
is a 1999 comedy written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Dr. Mumford is a psychologist
who lives in the small town of Mumford
. He has a thriving practice, including a woman addicted to shopping, a high school girl with an eating disorder, a drug store owner with a perverse fantasy life, and a billionaire software developer who simply wants Mumford to be friends with him. One day, Dr. Mumford gets a visit from Sofie, a woman who's suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He and Sofie soon develop feelings for one another, which of course, is against all professional ethics for psychologists. Except Dr. Mumford isn't really a psychologist...
While the film received good reviews, it wasn't a big hit upon release, but has since gained somewhat of a cult following.
This film contains examples of the following:
- Actor Allusion: We see Skip skateboarding inside his building to meet Dr. Mumford. In real life, Jason Lee is a talented skateboarder.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Skip is a bit...eccentric, but he's also a brilliant scientist and a Benevolent Boss.
- Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: All of the people who "taught" or supervised Dr. Mumford are dead, which makes Dr. Sheeler suspicious.
- Deadpan Snarker: Dr. Mumford can be this at times, as can Sofie, but Lily and Nessa are especially this way.
- Dime Novel: Henry's fantasy life and dreams seem to come out of these.
- Epiphany Therapy: Played straight with Althea and Henry, but averted with Sofie and Skip. Then again, considering Mumford isn't really a psychologist...
- Also, in Althea's case, she's the one who comes up with the epiphany. Generally speaking, Mumford's method, except for Sofie to an extent, is "Heal thyself" (though not in those words).
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Russ Brennan is a fake doctor, Jeff Bebe is the billionaire who wants him as his friend, and Laura Roslin (who's married to Sam Malone, and Kevin Girardi and Peggy Olsen are their children), Jessica Day, and Mose Manuel are among his patients.
- May-December Romance: A gender-flipped one develops between Lily and Skip.
- Shout Out: Lily has a dog named Ainge, named after Danny Ainge, a former player for the Boston Celtics.
- Smug Snake: Lionel and Jeremy.
- That Came Out Wrong:
Sofie:' (after finding out the truth about Dr. Mumford) I should be furious with you.
Dr. Mumford: *Should* be?
Sofie: (realizing) I *am* furious!
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: When we find out Dr. Mumford's previous life.
- Unsolved Mysteries: Actually serves as a plot point.