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      Prozac Nation

      R Released Jun 6, 2003 1h 39m Drama List
      28% Tomatometer 25 Reviews 58% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Based on the best selling novel, set in the mid 1980's before the prevalence of anti-depressants, it follows a young working class woman's (Christina Ricci) bout with depression during her first year at Harvard. The film explores this generation's struggle to navigate the effects of divorce, drugs, sex, and an overbearing mother (Jessica Lange). Read More Read Less

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      John Leonard New York Magazine/Vulture Those of you who were waiting so impatiently for the release of this movie version of Elizabeth Wurtzel's chemically enhanced Weltschmerz will be as sorry as the film itself... Jan 20, 2018 Full Review Scott Tobias AV Club There's really no reservoir of sympathy deep enough to support a whiny, navel-gazing Harvard student who turns her depression into a show-stopping spectacle. Jan 5, 2007 Full Review Todd McCarthy Variety The self-centered brat at the center of Prozac Nation spends most of her time making life miserable for everyone around her, but there's little reason the public should have to pay for the same privilege. Jan 5, 2007 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It should be no surprise that a flick about depressives turns into a depressing film. Rated: C+ May 29, 2010 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault Ricci commits fully, driven to bring Wurtzel's demons to life. Rated: B Sep 22, 2007 Full Review Jason Gorber Film Scouts Prozak Nation is a manipulative, cloying take on depression, a watered down film from a watered down book. Rated: C- Jun 21, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jerod S Ricci isn't given a clear path to show the effects of her mental state, family life and medical condition. Her path through counseling and harvard is haphazard. Lange bites her nails and the movie flounders. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/03/24 Full Review Sally S This was a good movie, not sure why the rating is so low. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/03/24 Full Review Sena S Even if there are obvious glaring mistakes in the editing, the viewing pleasure is high. The lead is a sweet girl, but sometimes you have to slap her in the mouth to behave properly. Such toxic youth is hard to find. When I learned that the author was describing his own life, I softened a little and wanted to give this point. It's considered a failed critique of American society. Meh if I don't get this rating just because I enjoyed her way of struggle, hoping they didn't tempt anyone with prozac in the end Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/04/23 Full Review john w Good movie about mental health and how depression can be a serious issue. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review the s Critically, this is a mess of a film. And to be frank, it's a situation where the book didn't translate or lend itself at all to film and I'll tell you why. I read the book…and it's a deep dive into excessive egoism and self-examination. I'm not suggesting that the author is so self-absorbed that there's literally not a story here for anyone but her but it's something like that. My dysfunctional family, my problems, my writing, my awards, my neuroses, my depression, my chaos, my issues, my therapy, blah, blah, blah. It's like a love letter to herself and to be honest, the reason the book sold so well was that it was at the right place and the right time. Prozac had become the go-to solution for all of Generation X's ills and those who were taking it were interested in comparing notes and those who weren't taking it were curious about it. Then they bought the book and they found this narcisssim and self-examination and I think most people felt much better about themselves afterward. That's the purpose the book served. The movie? Served absolutely no purpose except as an extension of ego for the author. Christina Ricci did the best with what she had…the acting wasn't the problem here. It's just that it was a movie that shouldn't have been made based on a book that really wasn't much of a story except as a cautionary tale of how bad things can go when people are self-obsessed and feel like their problems are so unique and challenging that they think everyone should hear about them. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review steve d Christina Ricci gives one of her best performances and the story is powerful. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Based on the best selling novel, set in the mid 1980's before the prevalence of anti-depressants, it follows a young working class woman's (Christina Ricci) bout with depression during her first year at Harvard. The film explores this generation's struggle to navigate the effects of divorce, drugs, sex, and an overbearing mother (Jessica Lange).
      Director
      Erik Skjoldbjærg
      Producer
      R. Paul Miller, Galt Niederhoffer, Brad Weston
      Screenwriter
      Frank Deasy, Larry Gross, Galt Niederhoffer, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Elizabeth Wurtzel
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      Miramax Films, Millennium Films
      Rating
      R (Nudity|Language|Drug Content|Sexuality|Some Disturbing Images)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 6, 2003, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 8, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 39m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Dolby Stereo
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