Mumford is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is set in a small town where a new psychologist gives offbeat advice to the neurotic residents. Both the psychologist and the town are named Mumford, a coincidence that eventually figures in the plot.As a relative newcomer to town, Dr. Mumford (Loren Dean) seems charming and skillful to his neighbors and patients. His unique, frank approach to psychotherapy soon attracts patients away from the two therapists (David Paymer and Jane Adams) already working in the area.
Soon he is treating a variety of conditions, ranging from one man's attachment to dime-store erotic novels to an unhappy woman's compulsive shopping. Mumford befriends a billionaire computer mogul (Jason Lee) and a cafe waitress (Woodard) and he attempts to play matchmaker. He also begins to fall for a patient (Hope Davis) who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome.
Together with attorney Lionel Dillard (Martin Short); a patient Mumford had rejected because of his narcissism), the two local therapists conspire to try to find skeletons in Mumford's closet, hoping to destroy his reputation and revive their own practice. And there are indeed skeletons galore, as a confidante of Mumford's soon finds out.
Loren Dean as Dr. Mumford
Hope Davis as Sofie Crisp
Jason Lee as Skip Skipperton
Alfre Woodard as Lily
Mary McDonnell as Althea Brockett
Pruitt Taylor Vince as Henry Follett
Zooey Deschanel as Nessa Watkins
Martin Short as Lionel Dillard
David Paymer as Dr. Ernest Delbanco
Jane Adams as Dr. Phyllis Sheeler
Kevin Tighe and Dana Ivey as Mr. and Mrs. Crisp
Ted Danson as Jeremy Brockett
Jason Ritter as Martin Brockett
Elisabeth Moss as Katie Brockett
Robert Stack as Himself
Simon Helberg as College Roommate