Girl, Interrupted

Movie review by Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Powerful look at mental illnesses has graphic content.

R 1999 127 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 28 reviews

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age 15+

Great movie, heavy topic.

I'm 18 and a senior in highschool and this movie seared my heart. It's such a real, honest depiction of what mental illness can look like. It doesn't romanticize any of it and I think it's great. With a heavy topic you can expect there to be some graphic images/comments throughout the movie but I think its important to show the truth about these types of things so people and teens can learn how serious these topics are. It can be helpful to learn different mental disorders, and how deep mental illness can be. While it may seem like a negative message it's actually quite positive if you watch to the end and there's a lot to learn from the main character, Susanna.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 15+

Showing in School for Psychology

I show this for a high school class I teach called Psychology in Film. This film is great for help in studying topics such as Borderline Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder. However, I would personally not recommend this film for early teenagers. There is a lot of overbearing language and a disturbing and graphic suicide scene. There is also a lack of positive role models for children to learn from. The movie is really good however, and I would recommend it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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