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Overall Rating
3.34

Awesome: 10.77%
Worth A Look47.69%
Average: 21.54%
Pretty Bad: 4.62%
Total Crap: 15.38%

6 reviews, 29 user ratings


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Mumford
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by PyThomas

"Mum(ford)'s the word."
4 stars

It's not a widely known fact that Jason Lee was a champion skateboarder prior to the start of his acting career. Here, in Mumford, he gets to do both as Skip Skippington, a billionaire modem entrepreneur who does a lot of shreddin' in his spare time.

Lee is basically a supporting character here, while the main focus is on Dr. Mumford, a young psychologist played by Loren Dean. Mumford (the man) has been in Mumford (the town) for a few years now, and has built a loyal following among his patients, including Skippington, who have various problems coping with loneliness and relationships. When a new patient enters his life, a young woman named Sophie (Hope Davis), he slowly but surely falls in love with her, and would do anything to win her over.

However, we find out that Dr. Mumford has quite a shady past, worthy of an Unsolved Mysteries segment, that may screw up all of his plans should his past catch up to him. The film seems mediocre and a bit saccharine... until we do find out about Dr. Mumford's mysterious personal background. That's when Mumford (the movie) gains a fair amount of intrigue.

And there's plenty of laughs to go around. Here, the humor is more subtle and sublime than the gross and in-your-face jokes permeating most of the other comedies this year. But Mumford is more of a comedy-drama, a mellow and pleasantly enjoyable movie with wonderful performances all around from Dean, Lee and Davis, as well as Martin Short as an attorney and Alfre Woodard as Dr. Mumford's neighbor.

One of Jesus's little bits of advice was "Make friends for yourselves through your use of this world's goods, so that when they fail you, a lasting reception will be yours." In a way, Mumford (the movie) embodies these words of wisdom quite well. It's definitely worth seeing.

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originally posted: 09/28/99 12:52:50
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User Comments

11/19/10 Ron It was a Nice Movie; nothing more, nothing less, and that's OK. 4 stars
10/14/09 Lori Psychologists cannot prescribe medication. Psychiatrists can, they have medical degrees. 3 stars
4/11/09 Dane Youssef Mumford seems like a nice place to live and a decent person to kno, trust. 5 stars
5/21/08 PAUL SHORTT NOTHING FANTASTIC ABOUT THIS FANTASY FILM, NOT EVEN THE FANTASY 1 stars
7/31/07 R.W. Welch Low key comedy has a certain odd charm to it. B- 4 stars
7/10/07 DAVID AVELAR I WAS AN EXTEA IN THAT MOVIE IN SEBASTOPL 5 stars
7/10/07 David Cohen What pretentious crap! 1 stars
3/28/03 Atanu An extremely well made movie. Loren Dean is way too underrated. 5 stars
10/27/02 MarktheShark6 If Jason Lee wasn't in it, I'd never had watched it. Thanks Jason. 4 stars
8/29/02 K-ronik Thought it was going to be great, but it just slowed to a stop by the end. 2 stars
11/08/01 Hum eh,watchable but nothing special 3 stars
9/25/01 VerbalK Great little movie, nothing outstanding here, but a good video to rent . 4 stars
5/05/01 The Chosen One best comedy of the year 5 stars
9/26/00 Elvisfan did not connect w/any characters, storylines so the movie is an unpleasant waste of time 2 stars
8/29/00 Me Tarzan Sweet and calm and well acted. Cool b+w fantasy with the cheerleader, too - I want more! 5 stars
5/04/00 seldom scene excellent cast and dialog. why use a shrink?, just watch this! 4 stars
12/04/99 The King of the Bros Proving once again that therapy is for dumb people. 1 stars
10/19/99 Bueller Bigger Hollywood names in supporting roles, obviously drawn in by this well written story. 4 stars
10/18/99 Bjeck sweet, and funny. Jason Lee never let's me down 5 stars
10/05/99 PhilmPhreak Good romantice comedy - which is hard to find these days! 4 stars
10/04/99 The Bomb 69 little simplistic at the end but funny and worth seeing 4 stars
10/04/99 burfdano The best part: Mumford said, "Name some lame, low-life wanker" & Jason said, "Orgizmo." 5 stars
9/30/99 ladislau This is not "Kasdan"! Boring with big "B"! 2 stars
9/29/99 scutfargus When Hope Davis opens her mouth, she becomes quite interesting. Not enough explosions. 4 stars
9/29/99 Orgazmo One of the most boring, unfunniest hour and some odd minutes of my life 1 stars
9/28/99 Ami the Wonderbread Jason Lee was adorable. A good testimony on the power of listening 4 stars
9/28/99 Scott Fun 4 stars
9/28/99 ROBERT SLEEPER!!! MUST SEE. EXCELLENT CAST. LOT'S OF LAUGHS. 4 stars
9/26/99 The Lynchpyn one of the best ensemble pieces of the year, and very funny! 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  24-Sep-1999 (R)

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  16-Mar-1999 (M)




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