Prozac Nation (2005)
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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
Mar 19, 2005 Wide
Jul 5, 2005
Miramax Films - Official Site
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The self-centered brat at the center of Prozac Nation spends most of her time making life miserable for everyone around her, but there's little reason the public should have to pay for the same privilege.
Ninety-eight minutes of this movie and you may find yourself reaching for Prozac or the antidepressant of your choice. A cheap shot, to be sure, but the movie earns it.
Truly depressing, a dark, mean and screechy film that still looks half-finished after years on the shelf.
In portraying Elizabeth Wurtzel, Ricci displays range, depth, and courage.
[Ricci's] performance as a Harvard undergrad battling clinical depression compels your attention every moment she is on screen.
It should be no surprise that a flick about depressives turns into a depressing film.
Prozak Nation is a manipulative, cloying take on depression, a watered down film from a watered down book.
There's really no reservoir of sympathy deep enough to support a whiny, navel-gazing Harvard student who turns her depression into a show-stopping spectacle.
The film avoids disease-of-the-week sentimentality with Ricci's calm, reasoning voice-over juxtaposing her erratic behavior; she realizes what she's doing but just can't stop.
it seems that Elizabeth's problem isn't that she's clinically depressed. It's because she's a first class a-hole. (That's a scientific term)
Poor Ricci, stuck in the role of the egotistical unlikeable young woman, tries her hardest to appear miserable.
It doesn't matter that the story is true; if it's uninteresting or unappealing, it isn't going to work.
Prozac Nation moves along at the speed of a Norwegian glacier, yet it provides the observer with nowhere near the pleasure.
well-made, but almost relentlessly downbeat portrait of self-destruction -- it makes Winona Ryder's similar 'Girl, Interrupted' look like 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm'
Choose the lesser of two evils: Make Tom Cruise proud and medicate yourself with Prozac Nation and not the actual pill.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel: I've always waited for that one moment of truth to set me free and change my life forever.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel: Hemingway has his classic moment in "The Sun Also Rises" when someone asks Mike Campbell how he went bankrupt. All he can say is, 'Gradually, then suddenly.' That's how depression hits. You wake up one morning, afraid that you're gonna live.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel: Sometimes it feels like we're all living in a Prozac nation. The United States of Depression.
- Ruby: Lizzy, I'm not crying because you're mean. I just can't imagine how incredibly painful it must be to be you.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel: [to herself] Ruby get's it she get's me. If she were guy everything would be perfect.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel: [to Ruby] We'll be like this beautiful literary freaks. Being brilliant, and dark. Sexy. [both laugh] [to herself] Trouble is, I'm deadly serious .
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