Prozac Nation (2001)
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.
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
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.
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