"Maybe everyone out there is a liar. And maybe the whole world is stupid, and ignorant. But I'd rather be in it. I'd rather be f$&@*ing in it, than down here with you."So I watched this movie for the upteenth time this afternoon and fell in love with it all over again. The performances are great (shout out to Whoopi Goldeberg, Winona Ryder and Mother Theresa aka Angelina Jolie) and the concept that "crazy is as crazy does" is magnificently portrayed in each character.
It's about a young woman whose parents check her into a mental institution after she tries to commit suicide. During her short stay at the facility, she meets some of the strangest, most interesting and most vulnerable women she'll ever meet. Some who are depressed, others who are bulimic and others who are pathological liars. But most importantly, she meets the closest friends she'd ever been able to make. At first glance, she thinks they're all a bunch of loons, but later she finds out that their personalities are not that much different from hers, and that they may in fact be some of the most normal people she's ever met. And what she thought of as crazy may actually not be.
As she witnesses insanity and death up close, she finds that rather than exhausting the effort of trying to sink into the depth of her own depression in order to escape her reality, she decides for the first time ever to fight for her sanity and and her life.
Side notes: Brittany Murphy is great as the patient who is released from the hospital long before she is ready. Out of all of the tragic characters in the movie, I found her story especially fragile and heartbreaking. Angelina's character plays the ruler of the hospital, someone who feels most comfortable there than she ever did in the outside world.
It's an interesting story, based on actual events. The book is definitely on my reading list.
My rating: A