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Movie Review: The Treatment

Alternate Title: The Last Great Freudian

Story: Cinematic urban romantic quasi-comedies come in many forms and most of them are based in NYC. Throw a quirky therapist in the mix and you have an entertaining small film filled with smart dialogue and fine acting. Directed by documenty film maker Oren Rudavsky, written by Daniel Saul Housman and based on the book by Daniel Menaker it might be hard to find this film in the mist of summer blockbusters but if you find it you will enjoy an entertaining 90 minutes of urban angst, wit and hope.

Jake Singer teaches English at an elite Upper West Side High School. He is searching for his true self and visits his therapist for weekly sessions (the best part of the film for me). How he discovers and courts a young wealthy widow whose son attends this school is the endearing part of the film.

Romance is messy, therapy is hard, life is tricky and often quite a roller coaster ride. Come along for the fun.

Acting: Chris Eigeman as Jake is perfect. He is smart, dedicated and I believed every word he said. Famke Janssen, as the wealthy widow, was believable and earnest. The amazing Ian Holm as the therapist was delightful, as always. The rest of the ensemble cast including Harris Yulin, Roger Rees and Stephanie March were all terrific.

Predilection: My former poker pal, Ellen Maguire is in the film and plays the very beautiful school nurse. Go Ellen!

Critters: None

Food: Soup as comfort food.

Opening Titles: A visually funny sequence with a therapist's couch floating through the canyons of NYC.

Visual Art: Lot of fine Upper West Side digs.

Theater Audience: A few movie goers who all seemed to be enjoying the film.

Weather: The weather was fine in NYC during the filming of this movie.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all.

Predictability Level: Moderate - I was hoping for the best but was not sure if the film would be headed where I wanted it to go.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Go for the big screen if you can and support small summer films.

Length: 90 minutes