Mumford (film)

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Produced by Lawrence Kasdan
Charles Okun
Written by Lawrence Kasdan
Starring Loren Dean
Hope Davis
Jason Lee
Alfre Woodard
Mary McDonnell
Martin Short
David Paymer
Pruitt Taylor Vince
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Ericson Core
Edited by Carol Littleton
William Steinkamp
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • September 24, 1999 (1999-09-24)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28 million
Box office $4,555,459

Mumford is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is set in a small town where a new psychologist (Loren Dean) gives offbeat advice to the neurotic residents. Both the psychologist and the town are named Mumford, a coincidence that eventually figures in the plot. The film co-stars Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Mary McDonnell, Martin Short, David Paymer, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Ted Danson, and Zooey Deschanel in her film debut.


As a relative newcomer to an Oregon town that bears his name, Dr. Mumford (Loren Dean) seems charming and skillful to his neighbors and patients. His unique, frank approach to psychotherapy soon attracts patients away from the two therapists (David Paymer and Jane Adams) already working in the area.

Soon he is treating a variety of conditions, ranging from the obsession of one man (Pruitt Taylor Vince) to erotic novels to an unhappily married woman (Mary McDonnell) and her compulsive shopping. Mumford befriends a billionaire computer mogul (Jason Lee) and a cafe waitress (Alfre Woodard) and attempts to play matchmaker. He also begins to fall for a patient (Hope Davis) who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome.

Together with an attorney (Martin Short), a patient Mumford had rejected because of his narcissism, the rival therapists conspire to find skeletons in Mumford's closet, hoping to destroy his reputation. Skeletons galore are indeed there, as a confidante of Mumford's soon finds out.


The film also features future Dancing with the Stars alumna and winner Kelly Monaco in a small (nonspeaking) role.


Mumford was generally considered a pleasant but forgettable film. Many critics expressed a general approval, but questioned the unpleasant back story (which contrasted with the overall tone of the film). The film has a 56% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "Memorable moments are few and far between."

The film, based on a $28 million budget, was a commercial failure, earning only $4,555,459 in the US.[1]


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