Films about famous people are not uncommon. Many celebs often open the doors to their lives, with Beyonce, Taylor Swift (Miss Americana) and Lady Gaga all releasing well-publicised music documentaries. But Stutz, from Jonah Hill is different.
Peeling back the curtain on fame, Jonah Hill has made an amazing documentary about his own therapist, Phil Stutz. And it is quite an eye-opener.
What Is Stutz About?
Phil is one of the world's leading psychiatrists. Over 40 years, he has helped countless patients, including business leaders and world-class creatives.
Among his patients and friends is actor Jonah Hill (Don't Look Up, Superbad), who directs Stutz. The film explores Stutz's life and walks us through his signature visualization exercises, known as The Tools.
Bringing The Tools to life in an ultimately therapeutic experience, Hill sits down with the therapist for an unorthodox session that flips their typical doctor-patient dynamic.
Is Stutz Worth Watching?
There is no disputing that life has gotten immeasurably more difficult over the last few years.
Millions of people are suffering with mental health issues but most cannot afford to speak to somebody like leading psychiatrist Phil Stutz.
That's why this documentary is so great. He has real tools to help everybody. And watching them in action with patient Jonah Hill makes them very easy to relate to.
That and Phil Stutz himself is an extraordinarily interesting man. So is Hill who really opens up during the candid discussion about their personal mental health journeys.
Put that alongside the lighthearted banter of two friends from different generations, and suddenly the film beautifully frames the tools that become accessible to anyone whether or not they are actively seeking help.
There's something very vulnerable and ultimately therapeutic about Stutz's and Hill's film that makes it both engaging and thought-provoking.
It's different and definitely well worth watching.