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It's based on writer Susanna Kaysen's memoir of her stay in a mental institution in the late s. Shortly after her high school graduation and a subsequent suicide attempt probablyupper-middle-class Susanna Ryder is admitted to Claymoore Psychiatric Hospital, where she meets and in some cases befriends other young, female patients, most notably Lisa Joliethe charismatic ring leader. The group rebels against the oppression of institutionalized life, going bowling in the basement at night and breaking into the doctor's office to read their case files. Susanna is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, Lisa is a sociopath, Georgina DuVall a compulsive liar, and the saccharine Polly Moss a disturbed burn victim.

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It is not. In fact, the story is based on the best-selling memoirs of Susanna Kaysen.

Winona Ryder lends her weepy eyes and eccentric persona to the character of Susanna, a rich white girl with too much on her mind as the world changes around her. Then she tries to kill herself with aspirin and vodka.

That lands her in Claymoore Hospital, an upscale mental institution. She makes friends, settles in, breaks out, comes back and generally ties herself into emotional knots.

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She had spent a great deal of time dreaming about suicide, but its brutality confronts her when one of her self-destructive friends follows through. Susanna is portrayed as a troubled, yet caring individual. She establishes deep friendships with a few of the other girls at Claymoore, and on several occasions goes out of her way to either cheer them up or help them in some way.

In the end she must decide whether to stay in the asylum, where she has cultivated a feeling of safety, or re-launch her life in the real world. She chooses wisely.

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Sexual Content: Among other things, Susanna is diagnosed as being compulsively promiscuous. She places herself into sexual situations several times during the film. Other encounters are discussed, some in graphic terms. Afterwards, she brags about performing oral sex. Indeed, extremely crude sexual and homosexual dialogue between the girls is common.

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Later, in a gesture of friendship Susanna leans over and gives Lisa a kiss on the side of her mouth. Implied lesbian attraction comes up a few times between Lisa and other girls, but she and Susanna never act out whatever feelings they may have. Violent Content: Disruptive and violent mental patients are shown being admitted and treated at the hospital.

Kicking, clawing, struggling and screaming make for several rather intense scenes. The poor girl is accused in explicit terms of enjoying her incestuous relationship with her father. The camera lingers on her dead body hanging over the bathtub as Lisa callously goes through her pockets for money. Susanna cries hysterically.

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Crude or Profane Language: F-words dominate with over 50 uses. Drug and Alcohol Content: Susanna and her fellow patients smoke constantly.

Rarely are any of them seen without a cigarette between their lips. Susanna chases a bottle of pills with alcohol in her suicide attempt.

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Revelers drink at a dance club. Patients at Claymoore trade pills for favors. When Susanna and Lisa break out of the hospital they share a marijuana t with a group of hippies. Girl, Interrupted is a dreary indulgence into the world of mental disorders, despair and hatred with little offered to lift the gloom. Blog Podcast About. Girl, Interrupted.

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