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||Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Vanessa Redgrave,
||Too adult and twisted.
||She might get a little bored, but bring her
||In the ice cream
||A couple. An old lady to Suzanne - "Asshole."
And in an exercise session, one of the patient
slumps on the floor to which the nurse-type lady
asks "What kind of tree can you be down on the
floor?" The patient's response: "I'm a fucking
||Douglas Wick, Kathy Conrad
I wanted the movie to be good. Oh I
wanted the movie to be good. It had potential, and I'm not
really sure where it went wrong, but finally, at one time
during the movie, I hit the "When is it going to end?"
attitude and that was it. The movie was "Girl, Interupted",
with my new favoritist actress in the likes of Angelina
Jolie and one of my other favoritist actresses in the likes
of Winona Ryder, and it tells the story of Susanne (Ryder),
in the mental hospital for having a few aspirin with a vodka
A Movie Review
It's the 60's life is weird, and Susanne needs a break.
Sure, she's got her troubles, and nobody understands her,
and eventually she ends up in the loony bin, alright, I'll
be politically correct and call it a mental hospital, after
she tries to kill herself, or maybe just get rid of a bad
headache. While there we are introduced to an interesting
cast of characters with a variety of disorders, with the
leader of the pack being Lisa (Jolie), a regular in the
mental hospital, always getting caught after she escapes,
and always the enforcer whom the women fear yet can't live
without. Susanne, while there, writes a journal which
becomes the basis for the movie based on a book, or
something like that, and we get a nice look at the craziness
in the crazy ward. It's not funny, it's not sad, it's just a
picture of life we try to ignore but know is around us.
So I haven't said what I thought was wrong with the
movie. I guess the basic problem I had was that it didn't
know which direction it really wanted to take - comedy or
drama, and in both it had shoes to fill because once you say
a movie revolving around life in a mental institution the
easy comparison become "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
You expect a comical and twisted look at life in the crazy
house. But "Girl, Interrupted" isn't this, though at times
it seems it tries to be, and that's where it probably goes
wrong. It's a tough line to straddle the humor and drama in
a mental institution, and if your story isn't supposed to do
this don't even try, and I think "Girl, Interrupted"
shouldn't have tried. As a drama it had a great story - a
girl, still a girl, interrupted being a girl by trying to be
forced to be a woman. She wasn't ready for that and the
world was trying to force her to be that, but sometimes a
girl is just a girl, and that's all she wants to be. (How's
that for a deep thought into the movie. I might be wrong,
but that's where I say it was trying to go. Anyway
But, in relating that story it tried to hit the "funny from
the outside" view of a mental hospital and it sometimes
worked, just not most of the time, and that's where I lost
Alright, I'm rambling. Angelina was fantastic as Lisa.
Wynona was great as Suzanne. And even the supporting
characters played their roles to the believable. I just
didn't know where to go with the story, either the funny or
the sad, and maybe because of that I became bored. God, I'm
so fickle, but because of that I can't rate the movie high
because most of the time it dragged. It tried to teeter
between a comical look and a dramatic look and it just
didn't work. So, sadly, with that, I'm giving "Girl,
Interrupted" one star for Angelina Jolie, one star for
Winona Ryder, and a half star for the supporting cast. The
end problem was the relating of the story. 2 ½ stars
out of 5, and that's my final rating.
That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!!