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Prozac Nation (2001)
Drama
Germany / English
"young and depressed in america "
A young woman (Ricci) struggles with depression during her first year at Harvard. Based on Elizabeth Wurtzel's novel.
Rob Freeman Mister Cool
Sheila Paterson Grandmother
Zoe Miller Elizabeth at age 12
Nicholas Campbell Donald (as Nick Campbell)
Jesse Moss Sam
Jessica Lange Mrs. Wurtzel
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Noah
Michelle Williams Ruby
Anne Heche Dr. Sterling
Jason Biggs Rafe
Christina Ricci Elizabeth Wurtzel
Nicole Parker Waitress (as Nicole Parker Smith)
Frida Betrani Julia
Klodyne Rodney Nurse
Ian Tracey Rolling Stone Editor
Wendy Noel Mrs. Edelman
Bill Marchant Lecturer
Tom Kent Lecturer
Christine Anton Mrs. Stevenson
Cindy Lentol Sheryl (as Cyndy Lentol)
Paula Plum Geeky Mom
Paul Hoover Geeky Dad
Tammy Bentz Announcer
Emily Perkins Ellen
Maddy Capozzi Amy
Claude De Martino Grandfather
Charles Andre Mugger
Mike Mitchell Purse Snatcher
Brad Swaile Student
Charles Siegel Dr. Isaacs
Lou Reed Lou Reed
Raahul Singh Khalil
Chiara Zanni Ruby's Roommate
Stephen Basilone Warren
Ronald Reagan Himself (archive footage)
Jack Fleischer Harvard Student (uncredited)
Colby Johannson Frat Guy (uncredited)
Todd Poudrier Law Student (uncredited)
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Producer: R. Paul Miller,Galt Niederhoffer,Brad Weston
Writer: Elizabeth Wurtzel,Galt Niederhoffer
Christina Ricci's most gripping performance
I picked up the DVD of "Prozac Nation" at a great low price, and I am pleased to say that this movie was well worth the money. I liked this movie so much that I can't wait to read the book when I find it (the film is based on the novel of the same name).

The movie tells the true story of Elizabeth Wurtzel (played by the beautiful Christina Ricci)and her battle with depression. She gets tired of life and nears suicide. However, she struggles to stay alive throughout her life in the 1980's, when sex and drugs ruled.

Christina Ricci was the best at acting in this film. Her performance was very realistic and true as the depressed Elizabeth. I myself had to combat depression before, so I know the things she was going through, and I know how she feels. She was really trying her best to survive in the movie, and I appreciate the film-makers efforts to show it on the screen. And aside from her character in the film, Christina Ricci herself was beautiful; her gorgeous nude body is shown at the beginning of the movie!

The movie put great effort to give the background scenery an 80's feel, since the book was based in the 1980's. However, I noticed that there were glaring anachronisms (mistakes in the timeline setting of the movie) that distracted me slightly from the story. But still, I got over it and continued watching the movie.

The anachronisms was one of the two things that I didn't like in the movie. The second thing I hated was Elizabeth's mom (played by Jessica Lange); she was a very annoying and clichéd character. Without Jessica Lange's exaggerated performance, the movie would have been nearly perfect.

Aside from those two things, the movie was very good and interesting. I never imagined that there would actually be a true story about depression portrayed in a movie. It was good to see this movie, since it would help spread awareness about depression. It's too bad that the author of the book didn't like the film.

I give this film an 8/10.

Personal
Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
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Movie
Imdb rating: 6.2
Musician: Nathan Larson
Running time: 99 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Technical
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [Swedish]
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Last modified: 2008-01-02 13:21:02