Girl, Interrupted 1999 R CC

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Winona Ryder and Academy Award(r)-winner Angelina Jolie are the certifiable stars of Claymoore Hospital's South Bell ward in this wry adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's best-selling memoir.

Starring:
Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie
Runtime:
2 hours 8 minutes

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Girl, Interrupted

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Genres Drama
Director James Mangold
Starring Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie
Supporting actors Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Elisabeth Moss, Jared Leto, Jeffrey Tambor, Vanessa Redgrave, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bettis, Jillian Armenante, Drucie McDaniel, Alison Claire, Christina Myers, Joanna Kerns, Travis Fine, Gloria Barnhart, Josie Gammell, Bruce Altman, Mary Kay Place
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

Great movie, great story line, good acting.
SassyShopper
The performances were great, especiallly Angelina Jolie, Whoopie Goldberg, Wynonna Ryder and Brittany Murphy.
Phyllis Noble
An interesting look at mental illness, friendship, dependence, and life.
Kathryn A Ortel-Thatcher

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Ravencroft on April 26, 2002
Format: DVD
Winona Ryder is back from several years of lull in any highly memorable roles in major movies, and she is right on form with possibly her best performance yet. But that is certainly not all this movie has to offer. She plays Susannah Kaysen, an inpatient for a year at a mental hospital, who wrote the book about her real life story on which this is based. Not only Susannah but several of the other inpatients are most memorable characters. Angelina Jolie won Best Supporting Actress for playing Lisa, a sometimes menacing and always interesting patient there because of her anti-social personality. Other quite meomrable characters include a pathological liar who is Susannah's usually sweet roommate, played by Clea DuVall, and the Sullen and obsessed Daisy, who will eat nothing but chicken from her father's rotisserie, played by Brittany Murphy. Through her own struggles and interactions with the others, Susannah confronts in a memorable way some of the hot issues of the late 1960's, making this almost a nostalgia trip as well as a riveting human drama.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Abercrombie on July 25, 2002
Format: DVD
Here's a look inside a mental hospital that will amply entertain while it communicates a heart-rending angst just as compellingly. Winona Ryder plays Susanna Kaysen, an inpatient in a true-life story who told her experiences in the institution in a book of the same title. Her own story is poignant but ever rivaled by that of other fellow patients. One is Georgina, Susannah's sort-of happy-go-quirky roommate. Then there's Daisy, a sad and somber patient whose story will break your heart. And there's long-time resident Polly, sweet and loveable but still a prisoner to her childhood trauma in which she set herself on fire. But stealing the show is Lisa, played by Angelina Jolie, possibly the most spellbinding of less-than-heroic movie characters since Hannibal Lecter. It is impossible not to relate to Lisa and even sympathize with her somewhat, even though she is menacing and can be cruel. She traumatizes other patients, for example taunting poor Polly and calling her "torch". Lisa is the escape artist of the group and bonds with Susannah in surprising ways. There's indeed some heavy stuff here. But it's also highly watchable with humanity and sometimes humor shining through the tragedy.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Eliza Doll on April 21, 2000
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After seeing so many empty movies, Girl, Interrupted certainly leaves an impression upon me. Girl, Interrupted is a nearly perfect movie based on a perfect book. Winona Ryder does an absolutely amazing job portraying lost soul Susanna Kaysen... her eyes alone do a wonderful job of portraying pain and confusion. Angelina Jolie gives yet another solid performance as this tale's tormented and tormenting sociopath; it's no surprise she won an Oscar for her interpretation of Lisa. The supporting cast of Girl, Interrupted is fantastic as well; Clea DuVall's Georgina has trapped herself in a fantasy world, Elizabeth Moss's scarred Polly never wants to grow up, and Brittany Murphy's Daisy shocks and saddens. A stunning use of flashbacks interspersed with present events moves the movie forward as you learn more about Susanna and company. The only complaint I have about this movie is the typical Hollywood ending tacked on at the end. Definitely not enough to spoil the film or even mar it slightly, but I expected better after reading the utterly compelling novel. This movie is a winner that will be enjoyed. Being 18 myself, I can completely relate: "Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy."
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By James Chong on April 24, 2000
Format: DVD
I watched "Girl, Interrupted" with a friend of mine in west Los Angeles in a theater full of college to middle-aged women. Honestly, folks, this is Winona Ryder's best performance to date, although it might not be immediately obvious because of the tremendous subtlety in her acting. Sure, Angelina Jolie is electrifying, but in obvious ways since her role was clearly the flashier of the two. Despite rumors that they didn't get along too well during the shoot, Ryder and Jolie work very well together onscreen, and the supporting cast is stellar, particularly Clea DuVall (Georgina) and Brittany Murphy (Daisy). There are a few scenes in this movie that present some of Ryder's very best acting of all of her films.
Director James Mangold (Heavy, Cop Land) did a fine job avoiding cheap sentimentality, and I was impressed with his fluid adaptation of a very disjointed and unconventional narrative work. My one complaint is that the film wasn't as gritty or as emotionally resonant as I would have liked, so I walked out of the theater feeling more impressed with the performances than impacted by the story. Still, for any Winona Ryder fan, this movie--with its 2 hours full of close-ups of Ryder's hauntingly beautiful face--is an absolute dream. Multiple layers of muted anguish are registered in Ryder's expressive eyes, and her most powerful acting in this film comes out through her subtle facial expressions rather than any spoken words. "Girl, Interrupted" is not a disappointment by any means. If anything, it has strengthened my respect for Winona Ryder as an actor.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2002
Format: DVD
Winona Ryder stars as Susanna Kaysen, whose voluntary stint in a mental hospital in the late 60's was the basis of her memoir on which the film is based. Susanna enters Claymore after she tries to commit suicide by taking a whole bottle of aspirin. She is placed on a floor with people she deems to be actually crazy. Her roommate, Georgina is a pathological liar while other residents include a girl who burned herself to disfiguration, an anorexic, and Linda, a sociopath. Linda is played by Angelina Jolie with manic fervor. She chews up every scene she's in and is a commanding presence. As Susanna goes through a year and half of therapy, she starts off as rebellious and skeptical of her diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, but then comes to grips with her own fears and problems. Vanessa Redgrave and Jeffrey Tambor play psychiatrists and Whoopi Goldberg is a nurse on Susanna's floor. While Ms. Jolie scored a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role, it is Ms. Ryder who holds this film together. Her understated performance perfectly captures the confusion that the real Susanna must have been going through. Girl, Interrupted has a powerful message, but is a bit too long and drags in places.
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