Numb (15)

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You certainly will be by the end of this dismal midlife crisis comedy. Matthew Perry, still in search of life after Friends, plays a screenwriter who's hit the wall. Believing himself to be afflicted with "depersonalisation" – estrangement from his own life – he tries to cure himself via therapy, shoplifting and weed, but finds none of them as uplifting as the lovely Sarah (Lynn Collins).

Writer-director Harris Goldberg has admitted the film is partly autobiographical. But it's hard to engage with Perry's crybaby mentality. Chandler was never this self-pitying.

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