Girl, Interrupted

Lisa thinks she's hot shit cause she's a sociopath.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * * )

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One of my currently unwritten movie rules is that I have to watch any movie with Angelina Jolie does a better job trying to fit into the mood. Another thing that struck me though is that with all the movies set in the 60s, they are running out of songs to fill out their soundtrack. How many times can you hear "The Weight" without it reminding you of Forrest Gump or Platoon? Frankly they need to start rethinking their strategy of using the 60s as a backdrop for movies nowadays. Anyway, the movie itself isn't too bad a story though it seems to have been built with a cookie cutter storyline where you even get a nice little feel good montage at the 58 minute mark right before things start to get bad. The actions of Lisa (Jolie) are at least fun to watch as she rules over her own little world inside the hospital with an iron fist. It is hard not to fall for her charisma when she pulls out one of Susanna's French Resistance cigarettes and one of the other girls has a lighter in hand before she even gets it into her mouth. She does turn out to be the monster she tries to be though, so by the end of the movie you don't like her so much. The end of the movie is a mish mash of some crazy emotional stuff that had me wishing I had turned it off early. It was completely unbelievable and nothing but an attempt to wrap a powerful ending on a pretty lame situation. It failed. The DVD is a solid performer with a 16x9 enhanced picture and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There is a commentary along with some other supplements, but I didn't really have the drive to listen to it. Overall it isn't a horrible film, and isn't the depressing movie I thought it was going to be, but with that lame ass ending, it would be hard to recommend it to anyone but the emotionally unstable.