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Title: The Shrink Next Door

Year: 2021

Genre:  Biography | Comedy | Drama  |

Seasons: 1 |

Runtime:  341 min (entire series)

Creator:  Georgia Pritchett

 Starring:  Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn

Based on the true story of Marty and the therapist who turned his life around…then took it over. When he first meets Dr. Isaac, Marty just wants to get better with personal boundaries. Over 30 years, he’ll learn all about them—and what happens when they get crossed.

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The Shrink Next Door, the Apple TV Plus mini-series puts Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell in leading position.  Two actor who’re grounded comedians and hasn’t often done drama to the length as other character-actors. Ferrell and Rudd are joined by Kathryn Hahn as Ferrell’s sister.

It’s based on the podcast with the same name about a therapist who takes over his patient’s life. Ferrell and Hahn are not Jewish, but Rudd has Jewish heritage. People has pointed out that Ferrell is playing a stereotypical New York Jew and apparently that’s a problem. This problem has been including Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Steve Carell has the same background in Hulu’s The Patient.

Rudd and Ferrell have great chemistry in this series, much in grounded for working together before. Hahn is a nice addition of to the cast as his supporting sister, who really is looking after Marty. Ferrell has not done much drama which makes it an odd job seeing has a darker side, unless you thinking of SNL-sketches. Hahn is so good in this, she is great in most work,

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The direction of the episodes varies immensely. The first episodes, it’s really rehearsed that you see they just reading lines.  The other episodes pick it up but there’s like a different style applied to the series. I mean, Will Ferrell painting his office in light blue is surprisingly funny. Paul Rudd takes his character  equally serious but doesn’t really deliver the depth that Ferrell provide. Most scenes feel like something obscure. Rudd is a passive-aggressive therapist that, as the series indicate, pushes the boundaries. The nice thing with the mini-series it’s how the story expands with each episode and their relationship escalates in an adequate way.

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The whole series has comedic touch for sure, but the overall plot is drowned in this manipulative aura, forcing two siblings to separate. It maybe doesn’t deliver on all marks, but gives an deeply odd insight in two peoples change of life.

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