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Girl, Interrupted (1999) - Thoughts and Opinions?

Did you like it?

Me and my sister used to LOVE this movie, but we loved Winona Ryder in anything back in the 90s.

I watched this for the first time in about 18 years earlier and it’s fantastic and holds up well! I forgot how wickedly evil and good Angelina Jolie’s performance was in this. This may be her best performance. I feel she never tried this hard again after minus in a couple of films, but never lived up to this (and Gia).

Brittany Murphy was absolutely incredible in this! Truly heartbreaking! RIP Brittany.

Whoopi was good in her small role. I forgot about the scene when Winona calls her the N word. Her reaction was so real.

What are your thoughts and opinions?

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by Anonymousreply 4105/25/2020

I hated seeing Daisy hanging there dead. Poor thing.

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by Anonymousreply 106/14/2019

It was very overwrought melodrama. And although it was based on Susanna Kaysen's memoir (Kaysen hated the movie), it is largely fictional. A lot of things were made up. It shows Susanna easily gaining access to her medical records, when in reality it took a lawyer to get them. Susanna never ran away with Lisa; they never go to Daisy's apartment. In reality, a nurse informs the patients at the hospital that Daisy committed suicide. Lisa was quite a character, but she was not the insane train wreck Angelina portrayed her as. There was no "Jamie", who used to be Lisa's best friend. The movie was a lot of Hollywood hooey.

Winona Ryder thought this movie would be her big moment. I think she thought she'd get nominated for an Oscar. Boy, did that backfire! Angelina got all the attention with her showier role, and won an undeserved Oscar. At any rate, Winona's forte was playing weird, quirky teenagers. This was her last chance at doing what she did best; playing a teenager. The character of Susanna Kaysen was 17. Winona Ryder was 27 when she played her.

by Anonymousreply 206/14/2019

This and [italic]Drop Dead Gorgeous[/italic] both use the song “Downtown” by Petula Clark.

by Anonymousreply 306/14/2019

Winona looks beautiful in this.

by Anonymousreply 406/14/2019

I miss Brittany Murphy

by Anonymousreply 506/14/2019

Angelina's performance didn't impress me all that much tbh. She was like a cartoon version of a femme fatale with a bit of histrionic/narcissistic personality disorder thrown in. Very OTT and stereotype. And 'dangerous and sexy' isn't really all that hard to pull off if you look like her. All you need is the confidence to go all out.

Brittany Murphy was way more impressive imo.

by Anonymousreply 606/14/2019

"It was very overwrought melodrama."

Agreed. I spent the whole movie wanting to slap the whiny self-absorbed protagonist.

by Anonymousreply 706/14/2019

I thought it was great.

by Anonymousreply 806/14/2019

[Quote] Brittany Murphy was way more impressive imo.

I agree. I always forget a young Misha Collins has a small role in this movie too.

by Anonymousreply 906/15/2019

Real-life Susanna thought the film romanticized living in a mental institution and made them look almost like a cool place to be in.

by Anonymousreply 1006/15/2019

Enjoyed the film for what it was- Melodrama.

Love the scene in the ice cream parlor.

The book is OUTSTANDING. I read it once a year.

by Anonymousreply 1106/15/2019

[Quote] Love the scene in the ice cream parlor.

I do too.

by Anonymousreply 1206/15/2019

Brittany Murphy stole the film. She was so heartbreaking.

by Anonymousreply 1303/07/2020

Ok movie but one of the worst titles ever.

by Anonymousreply 1403/07/2020

I agree with everyone that Brittany Murphy's performance is the heart of the film. I found Ryder too rigid and distant (maybe that was the point) and Jolie just way too over the top and hammy.

Murphy was heartbreaking and believable.

by Anonymousreply 1503/07/2020

Would love to see the original 3 hour long cut of this!

by Anonymousreply 1603/07/2020

Bad wigs on both Angelina Jolie and Brittany Murphy.

by Anonymousreply 1703/07/2020

Murphy should have won supporting. Jolie was co-lead. Oscar category fraud has ruined careers.

by Anonymousreply 1803/08/2020

Pic of the real Susanna in her younger days. She looks like Julie Harris in The Member of the Wedding.

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by Anonymousreply 1903/08/2020

The film was a bit like Prozac nation. But at least this film had one somewhat sympathetic main character (Daisy ) though. Murphy should have done more character actress work. The entire time I was watching Prozac Nation I just kept thinking "Just off yourself you hate filled bitch " about the main character .

by Anonymousreply 2003/08/2020

It's certainly entertaining, and the supporting cast is amazing (down to smaller roles like Jared Leto and the Vanessa Redgrave cameo). It's also quite nicely shot and with a great soundtrack. But it IS histrionic, and the portrayal of mental illness is 'questionable' to say the least (as well as the added 'titillating' elements like the lesbian kiss and visit to the apartment). At the end of the day the film doesn't really have anything to say, and exists solely for the purpose of actressing.

Kaysen's book is good too but has some similar problems. I liked Winona Ryder until the "your heart is COLD" screaming scene that just rang very false. Jolie is effectively uninhibited and wildly funny, if a bit on the hammy side. But she works the part so well and you can see why it was a breakout part for her (at that point more of an 'it girl' or indie actress known for her wild personal life than her acting talent). I know Courtney Love was originally slated for her role, and you can see a bit of that in Jolie's performance. Murphy is heartbreaking in all her jitteriness (while also being blackly funny), and Whoopi is truly the soul of the film. Sometimes it's easy to forget just how real and incandescent she can be. "Lisa, your aorta is in your chest." The scene where she calls Susanna out for being self indulgent is incredibly satisfying.

by Anonymousreply 2103/08/2020

Ryder optioned the book because she saw it as an Oscar vehicle. This was always odd to me, because it's not every easy to win an Oscar playing someone who is depressed. And Jolie had the showier role and outshone her. I think Ryder was legit terrible in the bathtub scene with Whoopi where she targets her for her race. The scene needed to have Ryder go full throttle before breaking down in tears and apologising to Whoopi (due to being mentally unstable enough to crack and say those awful things). Otherwise, it feels like it comes out of nowhere and makes the character unsympathetic.

by Anonymousreply 2203/08/2020

Winona Ryder is not really an actress.

by Anonymousreply 2303/08/2020

22I lost all sympathy I had for her character after that. She just came off as a nasty head case who uses her "illness " to be a cunt rather than some troubled soul you want to root for. Speaking of Goldberg, she's a pretty good actress. I'd like to see her have a mini comeback, I don't think she even cares that much about the View anymore.

by Anonymousreply 2403/08/2020

Brittany Murphy definitely stole the show, even if it was Jolie that received the Oscar; Winona didn't really shine compare to the other actresses, but she had a tougher role: Susanna just seemed like a spoiled brat next to the other girls who had genuine mental health issues. She was a millennial before there was such a thing, whereas the Murphy character was a genuinely damaged person

by Anonymousreply 2503/08/2020

The image of Daisy’s dead body hanging there always haunted me.

by Anonymousreply 2603/08/2020

This movie was a favorite of mine as an adolescent/teenager. I rewatched it last night for the first time in probably 10+ years, and was surprised by how awful Winona Ryder's performance was. Everybody else in it outacts her by miles, even the smaller supporting performers like Clea Duvall and Angela Bettis. I think Ryder was very miscast as the lead. It's still a solid, somewhat sentimental/soapy drama, though—I love the atmosphere and time period.

by Anonymousreply 2705/24/2020

The soundtrack is great but I prefer the supporting cast over Ryder and Jolie. Goldberg is a great actress when she puts in the effort. I don't know what her problem is. She got too comfy on The View and not even sure she has an interest in acting.

I really miss Brittany. I never ever expected that trajectory for her. I really thought she would become an in-demand character actress and have an Oscar by now. I was wrong.

by Anonymousreply 2805/24/2020

I don't know why, but it was sad watching this film after Brittany Murphy's death. Whoopi was terrific in here. She reminded me of a true nurse at one of those places.

It was hard in general for me to watch the movie having been put away twice. The opening sequence of Susanna at the hospital with everyone asking a million questions hit a little too close to home.

Oh, and Jeffrey Tambor looks exactly like Dr. Phil.

by Anonymousreply 2905/24/2020

I didn't realize CLove was originally short listed for Lisa. That would have been a much different film.

by Anonymousreply 3005/25/2020

Courtney made a point in saying that if she had acted in the movie she would have been more generous and less inclined to be a scene stealer like Angelina was.

by Anonymousreply 3105/25/2020

I loved the book but didn’t care for the film.

Susanna Kaysen called Angelina Jolie’s performance “histrionic,” and I have to agree. Chloe Sevigny was robbed of the Oscar that year for Boys Don’t Cry.

by Anonymousreply 3205/25/2020

I get Girl Interrupted confused with Gone Girl

by Anonymousreply 3305/25/2020

Angelina definitely overacted, though her performance was still much better (and more interesting) than Winona's. Both felt kind of hollow overall though, especially when you compare them to the performances by the supporting actors. The supporting cast really makes the movie IMO; Clea Duvall, Angela Bettis, Whoopi, Elizabeth Moss, and of course Brittany Murphy, all make the film worth watching. I agree that Chloe deserved the Oscar over Angelina that year--Chloe gave a fantastic, understated performance in Boys Don't Cry, more akin to those given by the supporting cast of Girl, Interrupted.

by Anonymousreply 3405/25/2020

A few mentioned Chloe Sevigny for being robbed in Boys Don't Cry. I think she would've been good in Girl, Interrupted.

by Anonymousreply 3505/25/2020

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by Anonymousreply 3605/25/2020

[quote]Courtney made a point in saying that if she had acted in the movie she would have been more generous and less inclined to be a scene stealer like Angelina was.

Courtney would have been way too old for the part. She was 35, the rest of the cast in their mid to late 20's.

by Anonymousreply 3705/25/2020

R37 maybe so--I don't recall how old Lisa was supposed to be, though the character seemed mid-late 20s to me, which Angelina was. That being said, I'm pretty sure that Susanna was supposed to be 18, and Winona was nearly 30 at the time she made this movie. I never bought her as an 18-year-old in the film.

by Anonymousreply 3805/25/2020

To be fair, many 18 year olds acted and looked older back then.

by Anonymousreply 3905/25/2020

R36, go away.

by Anonymousreply 4005/25/2020

Loved it! Watched it quite a few times, over the years. It astounds me how well cast a film it was. I cut my bangs just to look like Angelina, she was so wild and tragic-sexy. Too bad the bleach fried my hair.

by Anonymousreply 4105/25/2020
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