BY DANITA STEINBERG
What it’s about: Based on Susannah Kayson’s book about her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s, after a nervous breakdown and suicide attempt.
Who’s in it: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Jared Leto
When it came out: 1999
How come you haven’t heard of (or just seen) it: I feel like most of you will have heard of this film, as it was a pretty big release back in 1999 with some big name stars. You may have skipped over it though because it’s often considered a chick flick, and has lukewarm reviews.
Why you need to watch it immediately!:
- Angelina Jolie deservingly won Best Actress at the Oscars for her role as Lisa.
- WINONA RYDER IS JUST SO COOL, am I right?
- As hard as it is to watch Brittany Murphy, her performance is awesome, too.
- It’s as angsty as it gets, so you know, if you’re in that kind of mood, it is super gratifying.
- It makes a great double bill with Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (released the same year).
- I love it as a period piece. It does a fine job at capturing the 1960s, but it also seems very late 1990s at the same time.
- Yes, it’s a chick flick, but doesn’t try to be anything else so you can embrace and love every second of it.
- It’s a suitable movie supplement to Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.
- While it glosses over some of the more horrid practices of mental hospitals in the 1960s, it is still a true life account of one girl’s story and experiences.
Danita loves musicals, Bette Midler, sandwiches, Real Housewives, great horror films, and The Golden Girls. She’s a barista, bookworm, cinephile, and celebrity stalker. If she’s at home, she’s in her pajamas. Follow her on Twitter @danita_35.