Movie Review: Girl, Interrupted

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The movie Girl, Interrupted is based on the book Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen. I would like to say that it is loosely based because although the actress, Winona Ryder, does portray Kaysen’s borderline personality, it seems that Angelina Jolie, who is Lisa Rowe in the movie, steals the spotlight. Girl, Interrupted is about a young girl who is put into the mental ward after an attempted suicide which she claims she was basically trying to leave a lot of stress she had from various experiences behind. Some of these experiences include wrist banging, having an affair with a teacher, and sleeping with men that had little respect for her. While at the ward, she meets many young girls who all have their own psychological problems that…show more content…
While at the home, Lisa starts mentally abusing her as she states that her father engages in intercourse with her which begins to upset the girl greatly. But, Lisa does not stop there as she continues to abuse her although it is clear to the audience and Kaysen that she is beyond upset. The next morning Kaysen and Rowe find the young girl has hung herself in the bathroom. Kaysen falls to the floor crying while Rowe simply walks up to the hanging body and reaches into her pockets and steals her money. It is clear that Rowe is a danger to herself and others in society. While getting ice cream, Rowe causes an uprising as she singles out the woman whose husband Kaysen had an affair. The words used by Rowe would not be typical of a confrontation in public, rather a confrontation in privacy. This showed Rowe’s little consideration to those around her. In the ward she is also a danger to the others as she drugs a night guard and even in the end of the movie threatens to drug Kaysen after reading her journal aloud to all the other women in the ward. This clearly shows that if left in a public setting alone, Rowe has the ability to cause injury to those around her. I believe that the film does an extremely good job at portraying Rowe’s character. It does such a great job that I feel it actually steals the spotlight form the main character. In a sense I think it does help the social stigma associated with many mental disorders. It allows the
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