Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Mumford (Touchstone Movie)

“Mumford” is a 1999 comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan. The movie follows the story of a mysterious and charming man named Dr. Mumford, played by Loren Dean, who arrives in the small town of Mumford, posing as a psychologist. Despite not having any formal qualifications, he quickly gains popularity and becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Dr. Mumford’s unorthodox therapeutic approach involves listening attentively to his patients and offering them genuine care and understanding. He helps the town’s residents navigate their personal struggles and secrets, providing them with insightful advice and emotional support.

As Dr. Mumford gains the trust of his patients, he begins to form connections with various townspeople, including Althea Brockett, portrayed by Mary McDonnell, a wealthy woman suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, and Skip Skipperton, played by Martin Short, an eccentric millionaire plagued by panic attacks. He also becomes involved with Sofie Crisp, played by Zooey Deschanel, a high school student who has a crush on him.

As the town’s residents find solace in Dr. Mumford’s therapy, they start experiencing positive changes in their lives. However, his unconventional methods raise suspicions among some, including Henry Follett, portrayed by Ted Danson, a psychiatrist from a nearby town who grows increasingly jealous of Dr. Mumford’s success.

Throughout the film, “Mumford” explores themes of human connection, vulnerability, and the transformative power of empathy. It presents a heartwarming and often humorous portrayal of the healing process and the impact that genuine care and understanding can have on people’s lives.

The film benefits from Lawrence Kasdan’s skillful direction, who creates a charming and engaging story with a talented ensemble cast. Loren Dean delivers a captivating performance as Dr. Mumford, exuding charisma and a sense of mystery that keeps the audience intrigued.

Overall, “Mumford” is a feel-good movie with a mix of comedy and drama that offers a touching and uplifting exploration of human relationships and personal growth. It reminds us of the significance of compassion and listening in a world where genuine connections can sometimes be hard to find.

Additional Details


  • Loren Dean: Dr. Mumford
  • Hope Davis: Sofie Crisp
  • Jason Lee: Skip Skipperton
  • Alfre Woodard: Lily
  • Mary McDonnell: Althea Brockett
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince: Henry Follett
  • Zooey Deschanel: Nessa Watkins
  • Martin Short: Lionel Dillard
  • David Paymer: Dr. Ernest Delbanco
  • Jane Adams: Dr. Phyllis Sheeler
  • Kevin Tighe and Dana Ivey: Mr. and Mrs. Crisp
  • Ted Danson: Jeremy Brockett
  • Jason Ritter: Martin Brockett
  • Elisabeth Moss: Katie Brockett
  • Robert Stack: Himself
  • Simon Helberg: College Roommate


  • Director: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Producers: Lawrence Kasdan and Charles Okun

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