Reviews, REVIEWS: Docs / Other films — February 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm

REVIEW: Therapissed (2010)

therapissedBy Tim Tal

Some people say a therapist is a useless profession, that an ordinary person is able to deal with issues without any professional help.

On the other hand, others say the mentioned job is an ungrateful one.

Dr. Mark Jenkins (Greg Nemer), a therapist, surely thinks very highly of himself. He thinks all of his patients are weak, dumb, and do not worth his time, but since they pay money, he tolerates them.

By “tolerates”, it means Jenkins makes fun of them, bullies them, manipulates them, and even goes as far as fantasizing himself having sex with his female patients.

Jenkins’ personal life is in perfect order (or so it seems), as he has a beautiful wife, he seems to have all the answers in the world, and it goes on and on, until “the strategy” he uses on his patients backfires at him…

“Therapissed” is a low-budget drama, written and directed by Glenn Berggoetz, who previously made the so-bad-its-good “To Die is Hard”, a spoof of the classic “Die Hard” film.

Despite having a microbudget of $2000, “Therapissed” is interesting in one very specific way: there aren’t many stories you can tell with just a couple of thousand bucks. Berggoetz found a good basis – a story about a therapist could, mostly, be based on numerous dialogues, which don’t cost as much as explosives or car crashes.

Berggoetz, who is known for making such low-budget films as “To Die is Hard” and “Zombie Midget Takeover”, is also in the film as an actor – playing a rather disturbed patient of Dr. Jenkins.

The acting is pretty amateurish, which is not surprising, although Greg Nemer as Mark Jenkins does stand out. He also looks like Zach Galligan’s evil twin. That’s not a bad thing either.

The film actually has a point, which is quite simple – one should think twice before reaching out for professional help, as you never know what kind of therapist you might get. Especially, if this therapist gets “Therapissed” because of your issues.

As far as real therapists go – do not use any techniques described in the film in your own professional sessions – the outcome may be too unpredictable.

If you can bare the bad acting and some small technical flaws, “Therapissed” could be used for learning how to make your own low-budget flick with minimum budget. And in case you’re wondering who would watch a $2000 film – it has been picked up for distribution, according to the director.



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