Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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Based on the autobiographical novel by Susanna Kaysen chronicling her time spent in a mental institution following a suicide attempt, Girl, Interrupted is not quite what you’d expect.

It’s true that the story is dominated by Angelina Jolie’s Oscar winning turn as the rebelliously antisocial yet charismatic Lisa, but the story is rather¬†sympathetic towards the staff of the hospital and what they were trying to do. The cast of likeable weirdos make for an engaging bunch of misfits which makes up for the fact that it lacks any real kind of power or emotional resonance and it’s nicely non-judgemental when it comes to the depiction of both the inmates and the staff who are genuinely trying to help them.

Hardly the most challenging portrait of mental illness but enjoyable nonetheless.

6.5/10

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