Crazy Eyes

Girl, Interrupted is what happens when a single performance overshadows an entire movie. More on that later. Girl, Interrupted is based on a memoir about a woman’s stay in a mental institution. I’ve talked about my opinion of mentally disturbed people before. I usually find it fascinating, but Girl, Interrupted falls short on delivering. It’s no One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.ย The first half of the movie has flashbacks that seem a little unnecessary. The mental institution doesn’t feel realistic enough. The girls kind of run around and do whatever they want. Plus it feels longer than it has to be. But enough about the bad, let’s talk about the good. Angelina Jolie hijacks the movie every time she’s on screen. She plays the perfect balance of crazy. She can be subtle, seductive, manipulative, and even downright insane. Angelina Jolie actually won Best Supporting Actress for the movie (despite the fact that it has a 54% on “Rotten Tomatoes”). I love Winona Ryder, but Angelina Jolie is the only reason you should watch Girl, Interrupted.

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Susanna (right) and Lisa (left) cheer up one of the patients

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