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Girl, Interrupted Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Ryder's commitment is impressive. If her movie only had her courage.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Shrewd, tough, and lively -- a junior-league "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Powerful look at mental illness; ages 16+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a graphic depiction of a young woman's stay in a mental hospital. It features characters with depression and eating disorders. One of the main characters hangs herself. Characters abuse prescription drugs and use strong language. Hospital scenes include graphic depictions of young women in straitjackets and those recovering from electric shock therapy. Several use highly derogatory terms when referring to their African-American nurse. Incest and the male anatomy are discussed at some length.

  • Families can talk about the impact of Susanna's illness on the various decisions she makes. How did Susanna's depression influence her behavior with Professor Gilcrest and Toby Jacobs? Families could also discuss Susanna's relationship with Lisa. How did Lisa both help and hurt Susanna's recovery? Parents might talk with their kids about characters' abuse of prescription drugs throughout the film. How was Susanna different when she took her medications as directed by the doctors? Susanna states that she is being unfairly labeled "promiscuous" because she is a sexually active girl. Why might people judge boys differently than girls when it comes to sex? Is Susanna right?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Protagonist has an affair with a married man. One of the main characters steals money, runs away, and bullies others verbally and physically.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Graphic depiction of a main character's suicide.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Several sexual references, some sexual situations, very brief male nudity (through a window, far away).

  • language false5

    Language: F-word galore.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Prescription drug abuse, references to LSD and marijuana use.