as a society have come to admit when a parent thinks buying
beer for a twelve year old or supports junior's moving out at
ten-maybe the family is a wee bit dysfunctional. This was not
the case back in the 1960's. Then when a pubescent young lass
or laddie began to question adult authority by testing the waters
of their own individuality via; sex, drugs, and an attempted
suicide or two, the post Gidget minded parents looked for quick
readjustments. Their rabid kids were shipped off to high end
rehabs, swanky 'mental health' facilities or 'Freedom Bound'
Girl Interrupted is one girl's story of this oh-too-common
parental denial game, Ms. Susanna Kaysen(Winona 'pixie chick'
Ryder). Susanna's parents like having foo-foo-cocktail mingles-Susanna
doesn't. She's rather die then attend another.When Susanna
tries to exit stage left out of life, they're not too understanding.
It's not prudent. Susanna is not consoled or cuddled, but shipped
alone-by cab-to get better at Claymore, one of the
fore mentioned upscale psychiatric dwellings during these tumultuous
1960's faster then you can mutter 'groovy ma...'
She's sad and blue, feels unloved and too different. Humm, must
be the feared and dreaded personality disorder.
Quick put this crazy person away before she hurts...um...er...Well,
Susanna was a bit off but commitable?
dumped by her parents,literally and emotionally, Susanna adapts
to her new life and friends while slowly losing touch with the
world outside. A month's initial stay bleeds into a year. In other
words, shes starting to go nuts if she wasnt when
she first got there. Meanwhile, between sampling the lithium mixture
de Jour, she meets and befriends head inmate Lisa.
Lisa (Angelina look into my eyes, look Jolie),
is a Keith Moon-bred-with-Patti Smith-chick that enjoys doing,
well, crazy things-if youll excuse the pun. Lisa needs
to be here. Yeah, in a big way. Jolie played her with a wit
and allure that made me wonder if it was the same actress. Angie
was fabulous. She also happens to be a sexy babe. I am no clam
digger, but if I was to switch teams...This chick's hotter than
steaming Thai dumplings drizzled with sesame oil! I would kill
to look that good in hair that bad.
loved this. I may have to rethink my distaste for the two leads.
Ryder produced this, which shows the girl's got brain matter
behind those 1920's eyes. Winnie made this movie happen, literally.
Performance wise she actually shined. No mediocrity to be found.
Jolie found, perhaps, her role of a lifetime. Or maybe, hopefully,
this will give both a chance to be choosey. You gotta eat, but
there's no excuse for being in something like, say, a The
Bachelor piece of celluloid kucka! Yep, I predict these
two are going to start a trend leaving behind Hollywood cut
out boy-meets-girl-girls-cute-quarky-persona-wins boy-formula.
Oh, and PS they must be be anorexically thin AKA the 'Friends'
syndrome to be cast in the first place. God, how I hate
rest of the girls in the mental clink are all played to perfection
as well. Polly AKA 'Torch'(Elisabeth Moss), Georgina (Clea Duvall)
the Oz fanatic with a passion for lying, Daisy (Brittany Murphy)
the daughter and play toy to her father each one in fabulous
career making performances. Simply a great movie.
Recommendation: Prozac with a Scotch chaser.
Winona Ryder,Angelina Jolie,Elisabeth Moss, Clea Duvall,Brittany
Murphy, Jared Leto, Vanessa Redgrave and Whoopi Goldberg
By: James Mangold