\"Mumford\" tells the story of a psychologist who hangs out his shingle in a small town and begins dispensing no-nonsense advice to an array of quirky locals. His unique style of therapy has a surprising effect on the community, sparking romance in some of the most unlikely places.
An immensely likable semi-screwball comedy from the director of "The Big Chill," "Mumford" follows the adventures of an engaging charlatan psychotherapist (Loren Dean) fleeing a sleazy former life, who names himself after the town (Mumford) in which he settles and helps a lot of troubled people, even though he is without credentials. His most endearing client (Jason Lee) is a warm, fuzzy billionaire computer nerd who loves to skateboard but finds it's lonely at the top. Mumford's moral ambiguity (he's both a hero and a fraud) keeps this delightful Frank Capraesque fable of self-invention from becoming too sappy. — Stephen Holden
1999-09-24 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Mumford