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To be sure, Ryder conveys the confusion and chaos that signified Kaysen's life during nearly 18 months of voluntary institutionalization beginning in 1967. But the film seems too eager to embrace the cliché that the "crazies" of the Claymoore women's ward are saner than the war-torn world outside, and lack of narrative focus gives way to semipredictable character study. Susanna (Ryder) is labeled with "borderline personality disorder," a diagnosis as ambiguous as her own emotions, and while Jolie chews the scenery as the resident bad-girl sociopath, Ryder effectively conveys an odyssey from vulnerable fear to self-awareness and, finally, to healing. The ensemble cast is uniformly superb, making this drama well worthwhile, even as it treads familiar territory. If it ultimately lacks dramatic impact, Girl, Interrupted makes it painfully clear that the boundaries of dysfunction are hazy in a world where everyone's crazy once in a while. --Jeff Shannon
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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.
Given the fact that Angelina Jolie won and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for this film for her exceptional performance, which again shows the incredible range of acting skills she possesses; Winona Ryder was the intended star of this film and she shines perfectly in this role. It has been some time since I saw a film of hers and I would definitely have to say that she's done nothing but get better! One cannot help but give acclaim to Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave for their outstanding performances in supporting roles.
James Mangold deserves high praise for lending his directing and writing talents for the screenplay to this film and taking it in the direction that he did when considering how the original book was written.
As stated above, "Girl, Interrupted" is the true story written by Susanna Kaysen when in her tumultuous youth during the sixties, she brought herself to the brink where, despite her denial, she'd attempted suicide and ended up in a mental institution where her life was irrevocably changed...Read more ›
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I've always loved this movie. It really showcases how amazing of actresses Jolie and Ryder are.Published 1 day ago by Kelsey Darling
Bought for my Fiance, she loves the movie! Plus we live near the hospital this takes place at which is awesome to reminiscePublished 4 days ago by Steve M.
A REALLY GOOD MOVIE JUST AS I REMEMBERED IT AND A GPOD PRICE DEFINITELY WORTH IT IF YOU NEVER SAW IT SOME PARTS WILL KEEP YOUR ATTENTIONPublished 11 days ago by The Dragon/Wind Ninja
Came two days earlier than expected. Great. Iv always loved this movie and am do happy to have a xopt again. Freat seller, xanme with a cute note inside. Just all around great.Published 20 days ago by Amy Carter
Pretty good. My favorite parts when they go bowling. I love bowling.Published 22 days ago by E. DeRosa