Susanna Kaysen is an eighteen year old that has been placed in a mental hospital ‘Claymoore’ after an attempted suicide.
However, Susana is in denial of attempting suicide and claims that she drank the bottle of aspirin and bottle of vodka to cure her head ache.
Unfortunately, some of the worst moments are those in which she tries to be strong, which come across as disjointed.
For example, Susanna’s choice to go back to the mental institution instead of going to Canada with her pseudo-boyfriend (Toby, played by Jared Leto) seems strangely out of place.
Another detail that makes the movie entertaining, if nothing else, is the use of familiar colleges.
In one flashback, for example, Susanna is hit on by an arrhythmically dancing nerd, introducing himself as being from MIT.Ultimately, though, the small conflicts provided by Lisa and Daisy (and even Toby and other random characters) are hardly enough to amount to a plot.The movie instead focuses on the emotions of the characters and life in the ward.But the emotions of the characters and life in the ward are topics that have already been portrayed brilliantly.In fact, The Bell Jar and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest both contain these as structure, but not as the plot itself.At Claymoore Susana meets a group of unusual young women who eventually become her closest friends and as a result light her way back to something she had lost herself.She is intelligent and her goal after graduating was to write rather than go to college.Also, the use of lighting provides an amazing tone to most of the movie, while the colors and shadows of night-time scenes set a very clear mood.The use of shadows is highly reminiscent of black and white movies for fostering tension and tragedy.Surprisingly, though, one of the most complex characters is one of the most minor.Daisy, played by Brittany Murphy of Clueless fame, is not so much insane as compulsive or even just odd.