Thursday, December 22, 2022

Stutz (2022)


Jonah Hill sits down and talks to his therapist Phil Stutz for 90 minutes.

This film came out of Hill’s falling in love with his therapist and his methods to help people feel better by giving them actual tools they can use to feel better.

How you react to the film is going to be determined by how you react to the spare presentation of the material. The film is simply Stutz and Hill sitting facing each other and talking, with a few additional shots here and there. If you are good with that the odds are you will at least be intrigued by what you see and hear.

I was intrigued by Stutz and his methods but not so much Hill. He is a bit too in love with his subject and as a result the film felt like a giant infomercial trying to hawk Stutz’s practice. While there is nothing wrong with that, except I kept waiting for some disembodied voice to ask for me to “act now, Operators are standing by”.

Truthfully given the chance I would like to work with Stutz in person, I just don’t need to have Jonah Hill act as an intermediary

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