“This is probably the greatest documentary ever made or the worst. It’s probably both.” STUTZ, a film by Jonah Hill, is a moving new documentary film by the Academy Award-nominated actor that digs into therapy and self-help by focusing on Phil Stutz, one of the world’s leading psychiatrists.
Hill might be known for his comedic roles, but the actor has branched out quite a bit recently and produced more content from behind the scenes, like the acclaimed coming-of-age film Mid90s. Next, he’s directing and producing the documentary STUTZ.
Rooney Mara, James Wilson, and Nicholas Ramirez serve as executive producers, while Matt Dines, Alison Goodwin, Joaquin Phoenix, Chelsea Barnard, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, and Mark Monroe are producing with Hill.
Releasing this November, STUTZ looks like it will be a poignant and intimate portrait that demonstrates the benefits of therapy.
What is Jonah Hill’s STUTZ about?
Even though the stigma toward therapy has lessened in recent years, far too many people still undervalue or outright dismiss its advantages and allow their mental and emotional well-being to suffer because of it.
In STUTZ, Jonah Hill will show the world an unorthodox therapy session with his long-time friend and therapist Phil Stutz in the hopes they can provide tools to viewers who might then re-shape their lives or potentially seek help themselves.
Here is the official synopsis, courtesy of Netflix:
Phil Stutz is one of the world’s leading psychiatrists. He’s helped countless patients over 40 years, including world-class creatives and business leaders, and among them many therapy-skeptics. Directed by friend and patient Jonah Hill, the film explores Stutz’s life and walks the viewer through his signature visualization exercises, The Tools.
As Hill sits down with Stutz for an unorthodox session that flips their typical doctor-patient dynamic, they bring The Tools to life in a humorous, vulnerable and ultimately therapeutic experience. Featuring candid discussion of both Stutz’s and Hill’s personal mental health journeys, alongside the lighthearted banter of two friends from different generations, the film beautifully frames The Tools and the journey toward mental health in a manner that’s accessible to anyone — whether or not they are actively seeking help.
STUTZ release date
The documentary feature will be released on Monday, November 14.
Get your first look at Jonah Hill and his therapist, Phil Stutz, in the trailer for the documentary feature. The 96-minute documentary appears to be filmed entirely in black and white.
In the trailer, Hill opens up about the therapeutic process and how Stutz has helped him progress from his insecurities.
STUTZ will premiere exclusively on Netflix on November 14, 2022.