By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)
This is a 45-minute, three-act musical/comedy done by writing genius Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) during the 2008 writer’s strike. He was bored and wanted to create something; while Dr. Horrible is low-budget, it is high-quality in terms of both comedy and music. Entertainment Weekley says: “The songs are kinda perfect…the thing is dam*ed funny.”
The film Stars Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, How I Met Your Mother) as a lovestruck wannabe supervillain, with Nathan Fillion (Serenity, Castle) as the self-absorbed superhero smitten with the same girl. Be patient for the first few minutes; it really kicks in when the first song starts (though the opening is quite funny). By the end, you may be surprised at its emotional punch.
For another first-rate musical, try On the Town with Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Vera Ellen.
Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.