Prozac Nation

Feeling crazy today?  You’re not alone.  Soothe your psyche with these gems featuring mental disorder of various kinds:

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Iconic film, based on the novel of the same title, featuring Jack Nicholson as Mac, a man who goes to a mental ward to avoid prison but ends up a patient himself.  Won 5 Academy Awards.

2. Ordinary People

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Film based on the Judith Guest novel of the same name; charts the depression of a young man battling with guilt over a sibling’s accidental death.

3. Girl, Interrupted

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Fan of Angelina but not into modernized fairy tales?  Try this story of two girls in the psych ward.

4. A Beautiful Mind

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Controversial though it is, I’ve always enjoyed this humanizing portrait of a man with schizophrenia; based on a true story, though perhaps not as accurate as it could be.

5. The Hours

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Study of three women across the decades who play out a story of depression, suicide, and domestic unhappiness.  Rooted in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway; starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman’s prosthetic nose.

6. Memento

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Got amnesia?  Just write down the facts.  (On your body.  With ink.)

7. Fatal Attraction

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Glenn Close stars as the ultimate Crazy Woman.  And you thought your ex was a little nuts…

8. Silver Linings Playbook

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I’ll be honest: I did not think it was possible to make a comedy about bipolar disorder.  I also did not think this movie was as amazing as the praise it got.  But it is a good movie, and it is a good comedy.

9. Melancholia

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Lars von Trier delivers a haunting, strange elegy to the world in this film about a woman’s depression, set to the backdrop of a celestial disaster and gorgeous score.

10. Sunset Boulevard

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Are you ready for your close-up?  Gloria Swanson gives us crazy in spades in this classic Old Hollywood drama.

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