Notably, these are three indy films. Mainstream
Just WHY writers and directors see academics as cerebral but emotionless irrelevancies or, in mainstream films, as unrealistic superstars, is an interesting question. I’ve long thought that the unflattering portrayals of psychotherapists were the product of unsuccessful or at least prolonged therapy. But it’s hard to see how or why movie makers would have been scarred by academia. (Woody Allen is a famous exception. At least according to his early comedy routine, he was kicked out of NYU for cheating on a philosophy exam: “I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.” That’s a paraphrase.)
Whatever the reason, we academics are still waiting for our version of Dr. Melfi.
Posted by Mike Dorf