W3: Mumford – Quirky, Clever, and Totally Unknown

Howdy, internet people. I watched Mumford a couple of weeks ago, having, like you, never heard of it. Much to my surprise, what at first glance seemed like a pleasant and forgettable movie quickly got stuck in my head and refused to leave. Like some sort of witch’s curse or maybe a brain slug, I figured the only way to appease it was to spread it, and thus

What to Watch Wednesday (W3)

was born.

Every week, in my beneficence, I shall better your lives by imparting upon you a movie that you ought to watch. It’ll probably be obscure or old or weird or maybe it’ll just pop into my head for no reason. Anyway, W3’s inaugural post belongs to Mumford. It’s this quirky, light-hearted comedy about a psychologist who moves to a small town and starts treating the eccentric residents. All the characters are absurdly likable, the relationships are fun, and the way the movie portrays the patients’ neurotic stories is hilarious.

Maybe it doesn’t sound like there’s enough going on. Maybe you’re thinking you’ll give this one a pass, but the movie contains a deep, dark secret. Oh, and did I mention it was penned by Lawrence Kasdan? Yeah, the guy who wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi.

Fun Facts:

  1. For some reason, this $28 million budget film only made about four and a half at the box office and it quickly slid into obscurity.
  2. This is Zooey Deschanel’s first role. She’s only 19, so if you’re a fan like I am, it’s great to see her earliest work.
  3. The guy who plays Skip Skipperton is a pro skateboarder and is actually riding around in all those shots.

There you have it. The first What to Watch Wednesday. Go check it out, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Score: 4.5/5

Alginment: Spectacular Fluff

Oh, and don’t watch the trailer, since it RUINS EVERYTHING.

Written by Russ Nickel

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