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- Boss Baby, The (3D)
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Stars: Kevin Spacey, Saffron Burrows, Mark Webber, Dallas Roberts, Robin Williams, Keke Palmer, Robert Loggia, Pell James, Jack Huston
Director: Jonas Pate
Despite incessant swearing, often gloomy photography, sluggishness of pace and a miserabilist plot, this piece in 'physician heal thyself' mould isn't at all bad. A suitably bag-eyed Spacey plays Hollywood therapist Henry Carter, who has sunk into a haze of drugs and apathy since his wife committed suicide. His radio talk-ins have become increasingly rambling and he no longer feels able to help the patients he still treats.
Equally directionless and alienated are a hyper super-agent (Roberts), a young writer (Webber), who is also the shrink's late wife's godson, a movie star (an unbilled Williams) who wants to be treated for sex addiction when he's really an alcoholic, and an angry 15-year-old girl (Palmer, from Akeelah and the Bee), at a loss to explain her own mother's suicide.
Carter is reluctantly saddled with the latter, who is initially uncooperative, but gradually forges a bond with the shrink (and the writer) through a shared love of movies.
Meanwhile Carter, face drooping like a bloodhound, seems to be heading for his own meltdown, but the upbeat ending, though perhaps unjustifiably optimistic, does lend a balance to the film that it sorely needs. The rest of it is surprisingly well knit together in spite of its several seemingly disparate plotlines.
USA 2009. UK Distributor: Lionsgate. Colour by FotoKem.
100 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.
Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 1, Drugs 2, Swearing 3.
Review date: 30 May 2010