A man who is suddenly without feelings is motivated by a love he isn't quite sure is there in this offbeat independent comedy. Hudson (Matthew Perry) is a screenwriter who has enjoyed a modest success in Hollywood, but one day he suddenly and inexplicably sinks into a strange funk -- he feels strangely removed from the world around him, as if reality has slipped away and he can't physically or emotionally feel his surroundings. Hudson's writing partner Tom (Kevin Pollock) is more than a bit disturbed by the sudden change in Hudson's demeanor, and on his advice he begins seeing the first of several psychiatrists, most of whom prescribe a dizzying variety of drugs, except for Dr. Blaine (Mary Steenburgen), who is turned on by Hudson's condition and ends up having an affair with him. As Hudson seems to be running out of ways to reconnect with himself, he meets Sarah (Lynn Collins), a beautiful woman who is quite taken with him and decides to introduce him to as many positive and compelling experiences as possible. The first feature-length directorial project for screenwriter Harris Goldberg, Numb received its North American premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Numb
I'd be lying if I said I felt any less numb than Hudson by the end of the movie.
Audience Reviews for Numb
After watching this you do in fact become numb, which I'm not sure is the intended point or an after effect from watching Matthew Perry try to stumble through a decent performance.More
Matthew Perry, Lynn Collins, Kevin Pollak, Mary Steenburgen, William B. Davis
DIRECTED BY: Harris Boldberg
Screenwriter Hudson Milbank suffers from acute depersonalization disorder: he is so alienated from his own life that he makes the chronically depressed look perky. Hudson lives alone, watches The Golf Channel all day, can't hang on to a relationship, shoplifts in order to get his adrenalin up off the floor, fears that thinking about his dad's death will bring it to pass, loathes his mother, and in general, is as nutty as a peanut farm. Obsessed with the underlying sadness that infuses his wretched existence, Hudson is a man in hell, but he thinks that his long catalog of dismally unsatisfying and mutually self-destructive relationships is over when Sarah stumbles into his life. He knows she can save him. She knows he has to save himself. Together they just may save each other.
Here's another one of those odd little films that I love. But it is one of those films that are not going to be for everyone. But these are the films I most enjoy. Why? Because there not your normal Hollywood movie. It's about real life. Matthew Perry is flawless in this movie. He really becomes this character and makes him so believable, which is important considering it is autobiographical of the director/writer. The way this movie is made there are times when the movie feels slow, but in true sight it is just trying to make you one with the character. See and feel things the way he does. Liked Lynn Collins in this a lot. Thought her character was really sweet and quirky. Just what the film needed to bring more relief to the very serious illness this movie's main character is surrounded by.Mary Steenburgen was great in this film as well, and really had me laughing with the restaurant scene. The movie is sad and at the same time inspiring. He never gives up hope on finding a way out of his own personal hell. I find this movie could be relatable for a lot of people. I hope more will see it. Matthew Perry really shows he can be a serious actor after doing the friends series. Also see him in "Birds Of America" if you haven't. He was really great in it as well.
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