Cineclub · · Tucson

Girl Interrupted

Girl Interrupted: Whether you like this film or not, it’s important to know that because this is a movie with Whoopi Goldberg in it, you can get credit towards community service hours for seeing it. Contact your probation officer for more details.

Girl Interrupted is all about how if you’re crazy or even borderline crazy or maybe even just disfigured, it’s kind of a cool gift because you have a special perspective that the rest of the world doesn’t have because it’s too busy dropping bombs and sending cute young men with really bad fake beards and moustaches to die in Vietnam.

Well, that is, it’s special until it’s time to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get on with your life so that the movie can end all tidy and stuff. At this point, the unlucky hang themselves in their showers or get strapped in for lots of electroshock therapy. But the lucky ones get a kitty cat or, better, some good ol’ tough love from a wise nurse (guess who!) and lots of paper and pens and voiceovers.

People keep saying this movie is a “Cuckoo’s Nest” ripoff, and that’s just wrong. Angelina Jolie wasn’t even in that movie. Besides, when she does eventually suffocate Winona Ryder’s character with a pillow, she does it as feisty A N G E L I N A, not as a mute Native-American.

So by all means go see it. Or you could just go get the help you actually need and want.

~ Today is the first day of the rest of you life! ~