Written and Directed by Harris Goldberg
This Film Is Not Yet Rated-Would be R for Language and Sexual Content/Nudity, and Drugs
"Numb" is a seriously funny kind of love story-something in the vein of "Punch Drunk Love." Matthew Perry delivers some of the best work that he's ever done as Hudson, a man who one night smoked far too much pot and ended up getting a disorder known as depersonalization. He often feels detached from reality, as if everything is happening around him and he isn't partaking in it at all. He is a struggling screenwriter with his friend and business partner, and he is constantly either taking pills or seeing a new shrink to try and cure his problems. Everything changes when he meets Sara, a beautiful business executive who falls for him as well. The two of them try to work things out with his problem, but can the relationship last?
Perry brings a strong human side to this character that is basically freaking out at all times, and whenever you feel a little doubt as to if you should like him or not, you are reassured through the eyes of his friend, girlfriend, and shrink/lover in the middle, that he truly is a good man. Screenwriter Harris Goldberg tells his off-color love story without resorting to the quirky nature that many indie comedies feel they must go to in order to be successful. He could have easily turned this into a wacky story with Sara being a Kate Winslet in "Eternal Sunshine," but he managed to make the characters original without trying to have them go over the top. It is really a well written script. Not once throughout this film did I connect Perry with Chandler, and he truly is the only man for the job. As Harris Goldberg said in his introduction of the film, "Perry is my Gregory Peck." Hopefully he will extend his arms once again past "Friends" and do more solid work like this. This is an easy crowd pleaser.