Combustible Celluloid
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With: Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Jessica Lange, Jason Biggs, Anne Heche
Written by: Galt Niederhoffer, Frank Deasy, Larry Gross, based on the book by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Directed by: Erik Skjoldbjærg
MPAA Rating: R for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity and some disturbing images
Running Time: 95
Date: 09/08/2001

Prozac Nation (2005)

3 Stars (out of 4)

United States of Depression

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

After four years and various false starts, Prozac Nation finally hits San Francisco movie screens. Skittish distributor Miramax seriously dropped the ball on this tough, potent little film; it's much better than you've heard. Christina Ricci (who also co-produced) is outstanding as the talented Harvard journalism student who gradually and then suddenly succumbs to severe, crippling depression, alienating her roommate (Michelle Williams), boyfriend (Jason Biggs) and mother (Jessica Lange). The film avoids disease-of-the-week sentimentality, with Ricci's calm, reasoning voice-over juxtaposing her erratic behavior; she realizes what she's doing but just can't stop. Erik Skjoldbjaerg (the original Insomnia) directs, based on the bestseller by Elizabeth Wurtzel.

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