Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted

James Mangold (1999)

122min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

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.

Cast & Crew

Susanna Kaysen Winona Ryder
Lisa Angelina Jolie
Georgina Clea Duvall
Valerie Whoopi Goldberg
Daisy Brittany Murphy
Dr Potts Jeffrey Tambor
Tobias Jacobs Jared Leto
Dr Wick Vanessa Redgrave
Director James Mangold
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Contains swearing and sex scenes.Available on: video and DVD
Drama