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Girl, Interrupted


Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy View All


James Mangold (Director), Lisa Loomer (Screenplay), James Mangold (Screenplay), Anna Hamilton Phelan (Screenplay) View All

Release: Dec. 21st, 1999
Runtime: 2 hours, 7 minutes
Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line between normal and crazy. Susanna soon realizes how hard it is to get out once she has been committed, and she ultimately has to choose between the world of people who belong inside or the difficult world of reality outside.
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I know it's a bit old, but thoughts? Yet to see it, I was wondering if it was worth the time of day....

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It does try to communicate the highs and lows that being in a 1960s mental institution might entail (so presumably I can write off a scene where Ryder more or less gets away with hooking up with her draft-dodging love interest in her room on the ward) and, though the climax feels a little forced and overly dramatic considering the relatively realistic tone of the rest of the film, it's still a decent enough drama about life in an institution.