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Director  Harris Goldberg
Initial DVD release  May 13, 2008 (USA)
Writer  Harris Goldberg
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country  United States
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Release date  April 30, 2007 (2007-04-30) (Tribeca Film Festival) April 18, 2008 (2008-04-18) (Canada)
Executive producers  Matthew Perry, Mary Aloe, Paul Schiff, Michael Baker
Cast  Matthew Perry (Hudson), Lynn Collins (Sara), Mary Steenburgen (Dr. Cheryl Blaine), Kevin Pollak (Tom), Helen Shaver (Audrey Milbank), Bob Gunton (Dr. Townshend)
Similar movies  Fish Tank, The Last Witch Hunter, Factory Girl, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, Pitch Perfect 2, Jupiter Ascending

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Numb is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Harris Goldberg. According to an interview with Goldberg on a bonus feature of the DVD release, he was inspired to write the screenplay by his own experience battling depersonalization disorder and clinical depression.


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When modestly successful screenwriter Hudson Milbank (Matthew Perry) descends into a strange mood in which he feels detached from the world around him and unable to connect with his surroundings, either physically or emotionally, he initially attributes it to a night of excessive cannabis use. His writing partner Tom (Kevin Pollak) is disturbed by the sudden change in Hudson's demeanor and urges him to seek psychiatric help.

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Dr. Townsend (Bob Gunton) diagnoses his condition as depersonalization disorder and prescribes various medications including Clonazepam, and when nothing seems to help Hudson consults Dr. Richmond (Brian George), who also sees drugs, albeit divalproex sodium and others rather than Clonazepam, as the solution.

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Hudson meets Sara (Lynn Collins), a beautiful young woman who finds him attractive and appealing and decides to introduce him to as many positive and compelling experiences as possible. Also trying to help him is yet another psychiatrist, Dr. Blaine (Mary Steenburgen), who initially resists his advances but ultimately has an affair with him before revealing she has serious issues of her own that require professional attention.


  • Matthew Perry as Hudson Milbank
  • Lynn Collins as Sara Harrison, a film development executive
  • Kevin Pollak as Tom
  • Mary Steenburgen as Dr. Blaine
  • Helen Shaver as Audrey Milbank, Hudson's mother
  • William B. Davis as Peter Milbank, Hudson's father
  • Brian George as Dr. Richmond
  • Bob Gunton as Dr. Townsend
  • Keegan Connor Tracy as Mt. Sinai Nurse
  • Production

    Although the film is set in Los Angeles, United States of America, the film was shot on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and other locations in British Columbia's Lower Mainland, including Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Langley.


    The music was composed by Ryan Shore. The soundtrack includes songs by The Dandy Warhols, Ivy, Iron & Wine, Elliott Smith, Blondie, and Doves.

    Numb/Kettle of Fish/Coney Island Baby: Music from the Motion Picture, composed by Ryan Shore, was released on June 17, 2008, and features the following tracks:

    1. "Numb" 1:48
    2. "Sara" 2:25
    3. "Childhood" 1:24
    4. "Anti-Psychotic" 2:15
    5. "Cafe" 0:50
    6. "Chasing Sara" 2:36
    7. "Hospital Testing" 0:55
    8. "Winding the Watch" 1:49
    9. "Dad" 0:58
    10. "Jail" 1:55

    Other songs featured in the film include:


    The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was shown at several other festivals, including Marché du Film, the Austin Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Sedona International Film Festival before going into limited theatrical release in Canada on April 18, 2008. The DVD was released in the US on May 13.


    Harris Goldberg won the Gen Art Chicago Audience Award at the Gen Art Film Festival, and Ryan Shore was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Film Music at the Park City International Music Festival.

    The film also won Best Feature at the Ojai International Film Festival. Other official selections include:

  • Tribeca International Festival 2007
  • Chicago Genart Film Festival 2007
  • Audience Award Winner, Austin Film Festival 2007
  • Sudbury International Cinefest 2007
  • Night Film Hollywood Film Festival 2007
  • Audience Award, Ojai International Film Festival
  • Winner, Sedona International Film Festival 2008
  • Closing Night Film, Newport International Film Festival 2008
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival 2008
  • Sarasota International Film Festival 2008
  • Beverly Hills International Film Festival 2008
  • References

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