Mumford | Chicago Reader


Folk wisdom is sprinkled immoderately into this comedy by writer-director-producer Lawrence Kasdan, about a popular psychologist named Mumford (Loren Dean) solving everyone's problems in a small town of the same name—the old-fashioned charm and sweetness may remind you at times of stuff by John Ford starring Will Rogers. But the impression doesn't last long, because most of the wisdom and the characters attached to it start to seem phony as soon as the movie's over. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this while it lasted, especially for the cast: Jane Adams, Ted Danson, Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Mary McDonnell, David Paymer, Martin Short, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Alfre Woodard, and even Robert Stack in a funny cameo.

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