Boy Interrupted Reviews
A tremendously sad and heartfelt documentary looking at the life and tragic suicide of a young teenage boy. With such a personal and distressing subject matter, you might expect those involved to tread with caution and hold something back but that's not the case here. The film's strongest achievement is its honesty. It's that honesty that allows us to see ourselves in their shoes or in Evans and it's stories like this that stay with you. This is a film where you will learn something, just as long as you're willing to take the lesson.
I'm one year older than the main character in the film. And I have tried to kill myself two times with the use of pills at the age of 15 and 16. Ironically this is the first time I have ever disclosed this information to anyone.
Not much to say about the topic. I have my theories and I won't call them any more ill-conceived than any other theories out there. The doctor in the movie does seem a bit weak, but says something very provocative that got his butt nailed on message boards: they could have stopped the suicide for so long, but it still would have happened. For all his seeming incompetency, that line is pretty profound.
Of course, people don't want to hear that. To not have any say in the matter, even with drugs and/or counseling? No, it can't be. We choose to be unhappy or we choose to kill ourselves. Just like we choose our sexual orientation, etc. I think if you opened enough individual case studies on suicide, you might reach this same conclusion. Treat people with drugs or counseling but many still have the same result. But Mike, drugs obviously work for some. Many thousands who are on drugs don't kill themselves. Yes, and many people who drink beer don't become alcoholics.
I once saw a show on Discovery Health about a child that kept injuring himself. At first, it seemed more like seizures. The injuries were a side-effect of a medical problem. In time, it became obvious that the kid was actually intentionally injuring himself...all before the age of two or three. They ended up padding his crib and everything to prevent head banging, took out some teeth to prevent biting of tongue and lips, etc. I can't remember if they found a solution, and I this is obviously an extreme case, but I believe it highlighted a biological link with behavior.
Things get more complicated when kids grow older. This kid was talking about death before he could really know what it was. As he got older and smarter, he should have known. His suicide note indicates that he knew exactly what was going on and made a calculated choice to end it. Sort of like a cost-benefit analysis.
Finally, the family gets credit for a strong documentary, but kinda weird? It's whatever to me, but I sure as hell wouldn't want to be filmed all the time. I wouldn't want my funeral filmed (his note calls for a private funeral and now it's open for the world to see??). The idiots will blame that kind of family for the end result, but they have it all there on tape: the kid wanted to die from the get-go. If nothing else, that makes for a well-documented and interesting case study.