“Numb” stars Mathew Perry, Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Pollak, and Lynn Collins. It’s written and directed by Harris Goldberg (Deuce Bigalo: Male Gigolo, The Master Of Disguise).
After multiple puffs of marijuana possibly triggers a rare illness, Hudson Milbank (Mathew Perry) has the problem of distinguishing reality from the illusive. This illness is known as depersonalization disorder. He is referred to multiple therapists, but nothing seems to make him feel at least close to being ok except the woman of his dreams.
After witnessing the horribly indited trailer, I wasn’t too anticipated about seeing it. However, the script was astonishingly honest, intelligent and funny. Mathew Perry gives a phenomenal performance as a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The awkward tone present is equivalent to Hudson’s illness, giving you true profundity on how this character feels. Some might think that the quirks embraced by each therapist Hudson encounters are exaggerated. Don’t confuse this with fabrication. This is dead-on portrait of reality and a stunning look at how one man tries to cope with a confusing illness.
Writer and Director Harris Goldberg shows off his intelligent side after writing a series of silly and mindless comedies including the poorly judged 2004 comedy “Without a Paddle”. Lynn Collins and Mathew Perry have great chemistry together and the characters are very likable, even if each have their own defects (Who doesn’t?). What stands out the most is Mathew Perry’s candid act and the incisively written script that actually demonstrates truth. It’s delightful, tragic, insightful, and originally funny in its own dark and twisted way. I want nothing other than for everyone to see this film.
Every laugh is unexpected and the approach is an awkward, yet appropriate one considering the lifestyle this contrite character unwillingly lives. An overlooked gem that most should acknowledge for its peerless story and fitful performance by Mathew Perry. Something dark, yet so beautiful in its own willful way. Something new.