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This commendable but lightweight drama from director/co-writer James Mangold has a similar agenda to Milos Forman's classic
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
, but it never reaches the same peaks of poignancy. Winona Ryder stars as the teen who is shipped off to a New England psychiatric institution in 1967, where other inmates give her a new perspective on life. The film is extremely well cast, with Oscar winner Angelina Jolie mesmerising as a pushy, pouting troublemaker, and Whoopi Goldberg good value as a no-nonsense nurse, while Mangold makes clever use of jarring narrative cuts to convey Ryder's confused state of mind. Yet there's a definite feeling the producers were hoping to set off brighter emotional fireworks than this well-intentioned movie actually provides.
A would-be writer in the 1960s is committed to an exclusive psychiatric ward by her parents after attempting suicide, but the move seems to cause more problems than it solves. Fact-based drama, starring Winona Ryder and an Oscar-winning Angelina Jolie alongside Clea Duvall, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave.
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Contains swearing and sex scenes.
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