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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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You’ve gotta feel for cool girl Winona Ryder. She finds the perfect vehicle for her own considerable winsome and diffident charms in this adaptation of Susanna Kaysen’s memoir of teenage years in a mental hospital and loony tunes herself Angelina Jolie goes full tilt boogie as psycho Lisa and only goes and wins the Academy Award. That’s what you call a twist ending. There were several hands at the screenwriting tiller – director James Mangold, Lisa Loomer, Anna Hamilton Phelan and David E. Tolchinsky while Ryder shepherded the project for a considerable time. It’s carefully made, given the troublesome subject matter, and Ryder is great in a tale of Mean Girls on Meds. She wants to be a writer so naturally she’s crazy:  Kaysen’s dad was a renowned economist and member of JFK’s inner circle, so, you know, it must have been embarrassing having a delusional child in the family! In the 90s, if you wanted a serious head-the-ball, you got Jolie before she remade herself as Mother Teresa minus the dishcloth. Good call Winona! Look out for a young Elizabeth Moss under a lot of prosthetics as a burns victim. And there is a very cool cat who must be still in recovery amongst all these nuts. With Whoopi Goldberg on standby as your neighbourhood mentor, no wonder everyone’s loopy.

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