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Common Sense Media says

Powerful look at mental illness; ages 16+.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bybubbleboy July 7, 2009
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14
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An Almost-Perfect Account of Mental Illness in the 60s

This is a great movie stuck in a good movie's body. Winona Ryder and (especially) Angelina Jolie are tremendous, and pull off some painfully tense scenes that will stick with you long after viewing. The film tells the true story of Susanna Kaysen, an eighteen year-old girl who chased a bottle of Asprin with a bottle of vodka, but denies that she was trying to kill herself. She is sent to a top-notch mental insitution and suspiciously diagnosed with "Borderline Personality Disorder." There, she befriends Lisa (Jolie), a sociopath who controls relationships. The film then poses some very interesting questions: Is Susanna insane? Did she try to kill herself? Where does the line between sanity and insanity blur? However, these questions are sometimes squandered by harsh treatment, taking great performances and subject matter and turning them (at times) to an overwrought soap opera. However, the breakout performance by Jolie and the deep subjrct matter mmake it well-worth seeing. You can only wish for more.
Parent Written bybabawawa033 December 31, 2012
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14
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Great Movie

I think that this move is very powerful, but very real. I think that it is just important to show a teenager about the sad and bad things in the world as it is to show them about the happy and good things in the world.
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Great messages
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Teen, 15 years old Written byjoralpar May 30, 2010
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17
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Hard to understand for the youngsters, overall good movie!

It is a very good movie & makes you want to not stop watching it. Very interesting, though shows some mentally ill women in different various situations. It's a bit disturbing for the youth.
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Too much swearing
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Kid, 11 years old April 19, 2009
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13
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This is an incredibely good movie with good acting galore, see angelina jolie, wiyonna ryder, and brittany murphy, really the whole cast. It is not on the entireluy appropraite scale but it is good heartwarming, and has good morals
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Teen, 13 years old Written byWintergirl December 3, 2010
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16
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Perfect for older kids, just not for teens

I loved this movie. It's a very emotionally stirring film that deals with tough subjects including depression, eating disorders, cutting, suicide, drugs and smoking that older teens can relate with. Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie were great in this movie.
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Too much swearing
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Teen, 13 years old Written byGabix13 December 12, 2012
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15
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amazing

Amazing film, actress/ors and performance, it may be a very sensitive subject matter for younger viewers, but theres nothing outrageous that makes it rated R, I think its because it was over a decade ago the rating system was harsher, now this is about as radical as a risky PG-13. for mature 13/14 year olds this is fine, and it should be ok for ALL 15+
Teen, 17 years old Written byBestPicture1996 January 3, 2014
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16
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Unsettling to say the least

This isn't comfortable viewing, mental hospital movies rarely are ("It's Kind of a Funny Story" being the exception) but it was for sure entertaining. Winona Ryder is very good, using those huge eyes of hers to her advantage. But the movie is Jolie's. She's electric as Lisa, a patient who may need the hospital for superiority rather then actual mental rehabilitation. That wild look in her eye and the way she carries herself...it's a lesson in film acting no less. Whoopi Goldberg and Jared Leto are solid as well in supporting turns, and if the movie continued the style it carried in the first half and nixed the melodramatic score (the story's already dramatic enough) it would've been a movie great. As it is, it's a fine way to spend two hours.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written bywonder dove September 15, 2012
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17
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Amazing emotional film

Girl, Interrupted is the kind of movie that pulls you in and makes you feel for the characters you're watching. It'll have you thinking about it days after. I first watched it around the time when it was first released in '99...I was a tween myself and loved the film but didn't really "get it" like most younger viewers wont. The true meaning of the story is serious and real. This film is truly exceptional played by an amazing cast. Angelina Jolie makes an incredible performance. Winona Ryder steals your heart with her amazing charm and spirit. Angela Bettis can't get no better than this. Whoopie Goldberg is heartwarming and inspirational, and the deceased Brittany Murphy's best role ever! It's set in the 60's where Suzanna Kaysen (Winona) is sent to a hospital for a "rest" where she meets all sorts of people with different problems and makes some special friends along the way. A real look at mental hospitals and the lives of those who are sent there. You will laugh and cry throughout (mostly cry). Lots of very strong language including sexual. Violence of all sorts, lots of prescription drug use and some marijuana use. Several sexual situations (couple laying in bed naked but covered, implied oral sex or "going down on a guy" off screen, discussions with a therapist, heavy kissing, an affair with a married man, and the peer pressure of sleeping with someone before marriage). There is also graphic verbal bullying which causes a suicide. This film isn't really recommended for teens - it's more of an adult film with adult situations. So I'm going to say 18+ Such a remarkable film you can't miss!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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Teen, 14 years old Written bylucas201 January 4, 2011
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15
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I wanted to see this movie because winona ryder is one my most favorite actors.It was a good movie and when i realized it was based on a true story i decided to look up the real susanna kaysen.There are some scenes that are quite disturbing but some scenes that are funny like the ice cream shop scene.Anyways this movie was terrific and maybe ill read the book someday.
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Teen, 16 years old Written bybrandi253 October 13, 2010
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17
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it was okay.
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Too much violence
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Teen, 15 years old Written byRissypants15 October 10, 2009
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16
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This is by far the best supporting actress role ever! Angelina Jolie is brilliant, there is no doubt that she can act after this movie because she has some of the most true,most horrifying and most brilliant lines ever written and they will stay with you forever. This is a movie that truly shows you what life was like in a mental institution, it was a good hard look at a girl's life and how she handled her problems. And there are things that will haunt certain childern but once you hit high school you start to think like Susanna (winonna rider) and this movie is so good for a high school kid to watch because it shows them that not everyone is ok and that it's good to talk about your problems, Its also shows people how to make good friends and not because their friend is a sociopath (Lisa/ JOlie's character is) but whether or not that friend is helping you or holding you back. I loved this movie, everytime i feel insecure or upset i watch a few of Angelina Jolie's senses where she has some great lines and i feel better, GREAT FILM!!!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written bybubbo April 9, 2008
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Intense and powerful, and features a truly amazing performance from Angelina Jolie. A great film.