Movie Review


Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Vanessa Redgrave, Jeffrey Tambor, Whoopi Goldberg, Jared Leto, Columbia, Directed by James Mangold. 6.6.10 Rated R [2:07]

Based on the true-life memoir of Suzanna Kuysen, Girl Interrupted desperately wants to be a profound look into the life of a young woman who is institutionalized for a year. Instead, it's a snoozefest, with barely any plot and characters so broadly painted that one hardly cares for their predicament. Winona Ryder is wildly inconsistent as Kuysen, who enters the Claymoore mental hospital for reasons that are vague at best. There, she encounters the usual mental ward stereotypes, including a sociopath played by Angelina Jolie in an uncontrolled, over-the-top performance that's more concerned with nabbing an Oscar nomination than creating a believable character. Once we're in the hospital, little happens for nearly two hours, until the film inexplicably turns into a horror movie for most of its last fifteen minutes and finally veers into Lifetime Network tears and reconciliation. Director James (Copland) Mangold and Ryder clearly want to say something with this material, but don't know what; they seem to think the situation itself is the message. But that's not enough to interrupt your day for two hours of "crazed" looks, hysterically showy rants, and superficial melodrama - which is all this Girl amounts to.
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