Girl, Interrupted

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Are you done imagining? Good. You can wash the honey and fire ants off your scrotum now.

Imagine, for a second, if "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" were to be remade using an all-girl cast, was set in a hospital much cushier than the one in "Cuckoo's Nest," and the protagonist wasn't the Jack Nicholson-type character, it was the weenie Brad Dourif character, and everything was from his point of view. Are you done imagining? Good. You can wash the honey and fire ants off your scrotum now.

Undoubtedly, this whole similarity problem didn't matter to director James ("Copland") Mangold because his script is based on the actual true story of Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder) and since it's all true, it doesn't matter that it's been done 1,576 times before. In 1967, Susanna tried to kill herself and was "voluntarily" admitted to a mental institution where, shockingly, she met a menagerie of wacky mental patients who taught her how to love life again.

Chief among these wackos (get it? Chief?) is the Jack Nicholson character, Lisa (Angelina Jolie), who's, like, all totally out there and living on the edge but is really troubled and just needs someone like Susanna to stand up to her and tell it like it is. Along with Lisa is the pathological liar, Georgina (Clea Duvall), a burn victim, a lesbian, a molestation victim, and an anorexic. Whoopi Goldberg plays a nice nurse and Lynn Redgrave plays a nice psychiatrist. Why they didn't let the anorexic go once Winona was admitted is a question the film never answered.

"Girl, Interrupted" has about as much drama as a traffic jam, owing largely to an incompetent script comprised of one act. Drama usually has three. And is it just me, or is casting Angelina Jolie as the edgy female character getting tired? If she gets any edgier she's going to turn into Sandra Bernhardt, and nobody wants that.

Had it actually been interrupted, I might have extracted some modicum of joy from this snoozer.

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