Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted stars the doe-eyed Winona Rider playing Susanna Kaysen and the bold Angelina Jolie as Lisa Rowe. 

Winona Rider’s performance in this film was magnificent. Her dedication to the role shines through as the film progresses and Angelina Jolie’s performance as a psychotic patient was chilling. 

This movie is an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen’s memoir about her 2 year stay at McLean psychiatric hospital. Winona Ryder’s character is simply-put: a whiny brat who is a pain in the neck. 

Valerie, one of the nurses, says Susanna is “a lazy, self-indulgent little girl who is driving herself crazy,” after Susanna has thrown one of her tantrums. 

In 1967 Susanna Kaysen had a headache and chased a bottle of aspirin with a bottle of vodka. 

After the incident she landed herself in a mental institution, Claymoore, and was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

Greeted by Nurse Valerie, she is shown around the institution and meets all the girls there. 

 First she meets her roommate Georgina Tuskin, a pathological liar who has a fixation on The Wizard of Oz; Daisy Randone, a girl who won’t let anyone in her room and will only eats her father’s chicken; Polly ‘Torch’ Clark, a childlike schizophrenic who is a burn victim; Janet Weber, a sardonic anorexic patient; and Lisa Rowe, a long time inmate and sociopath who controls the other patients.

Throughout this film you witness some iconic lines and scenes that make this movie a definite watch.

This work is a small but intense piece with a tough-love attitude toward lazy, self-indulgent little girls flirting with madness.