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Mumford (1999)



Critic Consensus: Memorable moments are few and far between.

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Lawrence Kasdan wrote and directed this comedy about a young psychologist named Mumford (Loren Dean), who arrives in a small town and sets up a practice. Mumford's style is short on analytic mumbo-jumbo and long on practical advice, and he soon finds that he has a long list of satisfied clients in his new home town, including many of the city's most prominent citizens. Mumford's advice also helps love bloom among the city's single residents. However, the city already had a psychologist, Ernest Delbanco (David Paymer), who is quickly losing business to Mumford. So Ernest starts asking questions: who is this Mumford, and just what are his qualifications? Mumford's supporting cast includes Ted Danson, Martin Short, Alfre Woodard, Hope Davis, Jason Lee, and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

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Loren Dean
as Mumford
David Paymer
as Dr. Delbanco
Jane Adams
as Dr. Sheeler
Dana Ivey
as Mrs. Crisp
Kevin Tighe
as Mr. Crisp
Ted Danson
as Jeremy
Robert Stack
as himself
Arell Blanton
as Brother Timothy
Kelly Monaco
as Landlady's Daughter
Julie Nunis
as Mumford's Mother
Kirk Fox
as Gregory
Rick Dial
as Correctional Officer
Joy Carlin
as Judge Otto
Steven Sennett
as Young Pharmacist
Amanda Carlin
as Mumford's Sister
Randall King
as Revenue Officer McLure
Eddie McClintock
as Unsolved Mumford
Molly Schaffer
as Attractive Date
Simon Helberg
as College Roommate
Lucie Laurier
as Pretty Coed
Sam Sako
as Edmond Warris
Penny Safranek
as Mrs. Warris
David Doty
as Samuel Gorbeck
Pamela Paulshock
as Sutter's Young Wife
Kathryn Howell
as Co-Worker IRS
Sulo Williams
as Gas Station Co-Worker
Simone Kerrick
as Lionel's Teacher
Barbara E. Tuss
as Elizabeth
Ronald B. Morefield
as Factory Co-Worker
Gea Carr
as Jennifer
Chase Allen
as Tough No. 1
Bryan Close
as Tough No. 2
Jim Hiser
as Tough No. 3
Tim Hayes
as Prosecutor
Roger Oyama
as Revenue Officer
Naomi Sample
as Janitor
Joe Peer
as Garbage Co-Worker
Ron Kaell
as Pest Control Co-Worker
T.J. Blair
as Irate Taxpayer
Charles Okun
as Charlie
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Critic Reviews for Mumford

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26)

Great characters, but for older teens and up.

December 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A film without conviction, about a town full of people with problems without depth, aided by a guru without soul.

May 8, 2002 | Rating: D | Full Review…


January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

The performances are uneven.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4

There is a curious absence of development in this film.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Neither funny, heart-warming nor star-powered enough to motivate the public to turn out in very large numbers.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Mumford

This quiet charmer of a piece by Lawrence Kasdan posits, like the old Bacherach number suggests, " what the world needs now is love,sweet love". Loren Dean is perfectly cast as the unassuming and sedate soul prepared to hear whatever it is one might have to say ... only who is he exactly? Don't let this underrated bit of old style whimsy pass you by.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Mrs. Crisp: What kind of doctor are you? Dr. Mumford: Ph.D. in psychology. Mrs. Crisp: Oh. Not a real doctor. Dr. Mumford: That's right, the fake kind. Here's a funny little comedy involving an easy to get along with shrink, living in a small town filled with a bunch of quirky people who like to talk to him. Loren Dean is Dr. Mumford. You may not have heard that name before, but he's in a bunch of movies, usually in those small character roles that are filled appropriately. The story revolves around Mumford and his patients, how he gets by, and an eventual twist in the story. The film was written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, who among other things, was a screenwriter for two Star Wars films, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and a number of other films usually very character based. The man knows what he is doing. The movie features an ensemble cast that includes the always reliable Jason Lee, Ted Danson, Martin Short, David Paymer, Alfre Woodward, Hope Davis, and Zooey Deschanel. Each of these people all have there own things going on, but they are all entertaining characters. Lee's character for example is a normal guy who created a piece of technology and is now one of the richest guys in the country. But, he's lonely and has his own way of trying to please himself. This whole movie is very simple, but funny, and likable, like the town that they all live in. Skip Skipperton: Do you know how I spend my every single solitary moment? Dr. Mumford: Jerking off? Skip Skipperton: No, that's a good guess though!

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer


A lot better than I thought it would be.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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