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Isolation, substance abuse, withdrawing, avoiding conflict, staying up for days, brain-cycling (like a short circuit), not bathing, sudden outbursts of anger, fear of becoming close to others, subconscious attempts to prove oneself unworthy, obsessive-compulsive behavior, all are signs of clinical depression. 'Prozac Nation', with the expert performance of Christina Ricci, shows every inch of Lizzie's slide into deeper and deeper depression.
At one point, Lizzie says, "How can I escape the demons in my head?" As a person being successfully treated for clinical depression, this phrase alone literally struck home with me. 'Prozac Nation' is an all-out, no-holes-barred look at what it is like to suffer from this disorder. The movie is very well done, and you will either find yourself identifying with Lizzie or hating her for being self-centered.
Thrown into the mix is the fact that Lizzie is a writer, and very few of the most talented writers would be considered 'normal' people. Lizzie herself even uses a quote from Hemmingway's "The Sun Also Rises" and finds identity within it. Good writers stay inside their own head too much, and Lizzie has talent in her work, winning the College Journalism Award for 1985.Read more ›
It is based on the by Elizabeth Wurtzel, the true story of a girl (Lizzie) in the 80's who goes on Prozac. She is depressed. The movie shows her experiences at college as she spirals to the point of being put on Prozac.
Now, why did I like this movie so much? There are a couple of reasons. One was the camera angles. I am not usually one who even notices that stuff, but there were some really interesting shots in this movie. It gave another dimension to the story. Second, the lines. There were some amazing lines about depression. One that I remember was, "One moring you wake up and realize you're afraid you might live." Repeat that to yourself. Think about it. If you have ever been in a clinical state of depression, you understand that statement. It feels real on your tongue, familiar in your mouth. You may have even said it.
The main reason that I liked this movie had nothing to do with anything artistic. I loved and hated Lizzie all at one time, because I could see myself in her. Granted, I skipped out on drugs, alcohol, and smoking. I was never one to sling my anger to the outside, as she did. At least, not as often. But the things she was feeling. How she would do things she didn't want to do and couldn't understand how they were happening, why she was needing to do them... I have been there.Read more ›
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Christina Ricci is at her best in these types of roles! Which makes this movie even better, good story, great acting, please don't be thrown off by Jason Biggs, this movie makes... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrew Reed Murray
Ricci was terrific in this movie. She gives a very believable performance of a talented young woman with severe depression and Fear of Rejection issues related to the loss of her... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Molly
I just couldn't connect with the characters.Also,I don't want to sound like a prude,but a lot of the people smoke cigarettes though out the film and I'm tired of seeing that.Published on July 11, 2013 by D. Doornek
This movie was quite entertaining. I hadn't seen it in years and it was a nice little reminder of how great an actress Christina Ricci is. Good acting. Good lighting. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Lark
This is a terrific True Story about a real cool writer and her serious bout with Depression and issues that many of us suffer !! Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by GQBOB
I remembered reading this book in one of my college courses and was surprised to discover this film. Glad I had a chance to view it! Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Marcus E. Sharpe
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