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Prozac Nation (2001)

Cast: Christina Ricci, Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, more...
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg, Erik Skjoldbjærg
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Following up his critically acclaimed debut Insomnia (1997), Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjaerg makes his first English-language feature with this adaptation of the book by Elizabeth Wurtzel. Christina Ricci stars as Lizzie, a prize-winning student heading off to Harvard where she intends to study journalism and launch a career as a rock music critic. However, Elizabeth's fractured family situation including an errant father (Nicholas Campbell) and a neurotic, bitterly hypercritical mother (Jessica Lange) has led to a struggle with depression. When her all-night, drug-fueled writing binges and emotional instability alienate her roommate and best friend, Ruby (Michelle Williams), as well as both her first (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and second (Jason Biggs) boyfriends, Lizzie seeks psychiatric counseling from Dr. Diana Sterling (Anne Heche), who prescribes the wonder drug Prozac. Despite success as a writer that includes a gig writing for Rolling Stone and some mellowing out thanks to her medication, Lizzie begins to feel that the pills are running her life and faces some tough choices about her future. Prozac Nation (2001) is a longtime dream project of star Ricci, who also serves as one of the film's co-producers. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

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i probably would have loved this movie when i was in high school. by iheartem October 17, 2005 - 1:58 PM PDT
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i remember reading the book in high school and liking it. then attempting to re-read it before this move was (supposed to) come out in theaters and finding it very angst-y and tired. the same holds true for the movie.

this film is quite uneven. often there is a decently written/shot scene followed immediately by an extremely horrendous one. christina ricci's performance isn't all that bad, its actually one of the better points of the movie. but in the end there is a reason this one went straight to dvd.

side note to the director: please don't use that camera trick where the actor is in the center and the camera spins around them as a way to personify what the character is feeling. its being used entirely too much in films these days, on top of the fact that it makes me annoyed and nauseous.

just another whiner by gaara August 14, 2005 - 1:31 AM PDT
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0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
...... Whiner, do you need it? Leaves a bitter taste in yer mouth resembling self indulgence and pity party for hire.

Drugged-Out by talltale July 3, 2005 - 11:28 AM PDT
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3 out of 7 members found this review helpful
"The most interesting thing about PROZAC NATION is how terrible it was," noted my companion after we'd finished this jaw-dropping bummer of a movie. How could any supposedly major film, with a cast as good as this one's, turn out so badly? Start with Elizabeth Wurtzel (the subject of this supposed "auto-bio"), whose ability at wordplay may be good but whose command of facts or truth perhaps less so. All the whining and bad behavior from the lead character takes its toll fast. Within a few minutes, you may find yourself yelling back at the screen, "Give her that Prozac NOW!"

Because the film was directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg (of the original "Insomnia"), for whom, I am guessing, English is not the primary language (the "Prozac Nation" book was an international best-seller), everything from dialog to pacing to performances to you-name-it seems askew. Only Michelle Williams comes off, as usual, unscathed. The movie is short, and we don't hear much from Ms. Wurtzel anymore, so we'd best be thankful for these small favors.




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