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->'''[[Creator/KurtwoodSmith Dr. Crumble]]''': Susanna, four days ago you chased a bottle of aspirin with a bottle of vodka.\\
'''Susanna''': I had a headache.

A 1999 American drama film directed by Creator/JamesMangold, starring Creator/WinonaRyder and featuring an ensemble cast that includes Creator/AngelinaJolie, Creator/CleaDuVall, Creator/BrittanyMurphy, Creator/ElisabethMoss, Creator/JaredLeto, Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, and Creator/VanessaRedgrave. It's based on writer Susanna Kaysen's memoir of her stay in a mental institution in [[TheSixties the late 1960s]].

Shortly after her high school graduation and a subsequent suicide attempt (probably), upper-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 (Jolie), the 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. Other patients count an anorexic called Janet, a {{butch lesbian}} called Cynthia -- homosexuality still being regarded as a mental disorder at the time -- and the hostile Daisy (Murphy), who's dealing with an eating disturbance of her very own and is somewhat at odds with Lisa.

After some rule breaking and conflicts with the staff that leads to Lisa being taken away for electroshock treatment, she and Susanna escape one night. It ends up being a rather short trip during which Susanna becomes disenchanted with Lisa and voluntarily returns to Claymoore. Lisa is later returned too, less voluntarily and in a pretty bad state. Susanna, in the meantime, has recovered and is preparing to leave the institution, which leads to a final showdown between her and Lisa.

Jolie won quite a few awards for her supporting role, among them an AcademyAward and a Golden Globe.

!!Tropes evident in ''Girl, Interrupted'' include:

* AdaptationalSexuality: In the movie, Cynthia is committed to Claymoore for being gay. This is changed from the book, where she has bipolar disorder.
* BasedOnATrueStory: The film is based on the memoirs of Susanna Kaysen. It's not the most faithful adaptation in the world, but it's still recognizable.
* BerserkButton: Daisy does ''not'' like people barging into her room.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Susanna's diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
* BlatantLies: Given that Georgina's a pathological liar, it's natural that she lets slip a few of these. Also counts as a bit of a BrickJoke. Georgina states she's a pathological liar when Susanna meets her, but her outrageous lies aren't shown until the end.
--> My dad is the head of the CIA and he could have you dead in ''minutes''!!
* BreakThemByTalking: Lisa's speech to Daisy, [[spoiler:which proves to be the latter's breaking point]].
* BrokenBird:
** Despite her haughty attitude, Daisy is this. [[spoiler: And it doesn't take much for Lisa to push her over the edge.]]
** All of the patients count, as they're young and mentally ill. Most of them have some kind of FreudianExcuse, but WordOfGod on the commentary points out that in many films, the TroubledButCute protagonist spits out a secret in the third act. Susanna, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have a reason for her problems. She's depressed, but there's no real "breaking point" for her.
--->'''Susanna:''' What if you don't have a secret?\\
'''Lisa:''' Then you're a lifer, like me.
* BrokenRecord: "Don't they know it's the end of the world..."
* BrutalHonesty: Lisa, all the time.
--> Everybody knows. Everybody knows, that [[spoiler: he fucks you]]. What they don't know is that you like it.
* TheBully: Lisa, mainly to Daisy, but she also makes Polly cry at one point for eavesdropping on Susanna when she's with her boyfriend and, when in solitary confinement, she gives M.G a HannibalLecture.
* ButchLesbian: Cynthia. Creates a bit of ValuesDissonance, because at the time homosexuality was considered a mental illness.
-->'''Cynthia:''' I'm a sociopath.
-->'''Lisa:''' No, you're a dyke.
* ClusterFBomb:
** Lisa seems unable to open her mouth without dropping at least one f-bomb.
** Daisy is quite foul-mouthed, especially towards Lisa.
* CoveredWithScars: Polly, due to the fact that she set herself on fire.
* CrashingDreams: The "checks" that interrupt Susanna's flashback daydreams early in the film.
* CuteKitten: Ruby, Daisy's cat, who's later adopted by Susanna [[spoiler:and later by Polly]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Susanna definitely has her moments.
--> '''Dr. Potts:''' You've been feeling bad in general. You've been feeling depressed?
--> '''Susanna:''' Well, I haven't exactly been a ball of joy, Melvin.
--->'''Janet:''' When they built this place they put the tunnels in so the loons didn't have to go anywhere in the cold. \\
'''Susanna:''' I must've missed that in the brochure.
--> "Taking us for ice creams in a blizzard. Makes you wonder who the real whackjobs are."
** Valerie definitely has some snark in her:
--->'''Susanna:''' Has anyone ever watched ''you'' shave your legs?\\
'''Valerie:''' I got two kids and one bathroom; what do you think?\\
'''Susanna:''' I think you should lock the door.
* DistantFinale: In the novel. Some time after Susanna is released from the hospital, she has encounters with Georgina, now married, and with Lisa, who has had a child.
* DoubleStandard: Not the film, but the morality of the time. Susanna's promiscuity is considered pathological and she asks if the reaction would have been the same had she been male.
* DraftDodging: [[spoiler:After being drafted, Susanna's boyfriend, Toby, tries to get her to run away with him to Canada.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Susanna attempting it (despite her denying claims) is what got her committed to the institution. [[spoiler:A former patient called Jamie (and former resident of Susanna's room) hung herself, as does Daisy later in the film.]]
* EroticEating: The "nuts" scene in the ice cream parlor.
* {{Fingore}}: Susanna accidentally slams her fingers in a heavy sliding door towards the end of the film.
* {{Flashback}}: Susanna has several, with some depicting the events that drove her to overdose on aspirin, and others introducing characters that show up later.
* {{Foil}}: As confirmed in the director's commentary, Lisa is one to Polly.
* FunnyAfro: Downplayed, but Creator/WhoopiGoldberg has an awesome 'fro, as part of her character. It's TheSixties.
* FreakOut:
** Polly, usually the epitome of cheer, completely loses it one night, throwing things around and screaming "I'm ugly!" repeatedly. In the novel, she screams "My face!" over and over again. MG has one, as well, and gets carted away in a straitjacket.
** Janet (the anorexic girl, played by Creator/AngelaBettis) has one after Daisy gets released from the asylum.
* GrayRainOfDepression: Occurs during Susanna being driven back to Claymoore by Dr. Potts following [[spoiler:Daisy's suicide]].
* HannibalLecture: After Lisa is locked in solitary confinement, she says something (that the audience never hears) that results in M.G. being taken away in a straitjacket.
* HeroicBSOD: Susanna has a big one following [[spoiler: Daisy's suicide]], and it's what allows her to finally realise she needs to get out of Claymoore.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Claymoore is in suburban Boston.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Averted. Susanna and Lisa's rendition of "Downtown" is realistically off-key, and is one of the film's more heartwarming moments.
%%* AHouseDivided: Susanna's confrontation with Lisa, Georgina and Polly in the tunnels underneath the hospital.
* HowWeGotHere: The film opens with the aftermath of Susanna's confrontation with Lisa, Georgina and Polly, with most of the rest of the film leading up to that point.
* HowlOfSorrow: Lisa, during her breakdown.
* InsistentTerminology:
** Lisa always pronounces "therapist" as "ther-rapist", "therapy" as "ther-rape-me" and "diagnosis" as "diag-nonsense".
** Daisy twice accidentally refers to her eat-in kitchen as "eat-in chicken", illustrating her unusual eating disorder.
%%* InterruptedIntimacy: Susanna and Toby.
* {{Jerkass}}: To call Lisa unpleasant and rude would be an understatement, though she does have her PetTheDog moments.
* KirkSummation: Susanna gives one to Lisa that doubles as a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech near the end of the film.
-->'''Lisa:''' You know, there's too many buttons in the world. There's too many buttons and they're just - there's way too many just begging to be pressed, they're just begging to be pressed, you know? They're just - they're just ''begging'' to be pressed, and it makes me wonder, it really makes me fucking wonder, why doesn't anyone ever press mine? Why am I so neglected? Why doesn't anyone reach in and rip out the truth and tell me that I'm a fucking whore, or that my parents wish I were dead?\\
'''Susanna:''' ''Because you're dead already, Lisa!'' No one cares if you die, Lisa, because you're dead already. Your heart is ''cold''. That's why you keep coming back here. You're not free. You need this place, you need it to feel alive. It's ''pathetic''.
* LackOfEmpathy: Lisa, as befitting a sociopath. The crowning example would probably be when she scoffs "What an idiot." after discovering [[spoiler:Daisy's corpse, and then proceeding to root through said corpse's pockets for money]].
* LadySwearsALot: Whenever Lisa starts talking, she ''will'' drop f-bombs like there's no tomorrow.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Claymoore Hospital for [=McLean=] Hospital. Doesn't apply in the book, given that it's a memoir and all.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Several scenes contain very long steadycam shots. The longest of which is the entire scene in which Susanna and Lisa talk to each other through a tiny window - the shot goes on for over a minute.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: It's implied that Jamie was one for Lisa- Lisa is ''furious'' when she sees Susanna in Jamie's room, which is especially notable considering Lisa's LackOfEmpathy.
* MoodSwinger: Lisa. Her opening scene best illustrates this trait - she goes from cheerful and cocky upon returning to Claymoore, to a frightening rage when she discovers that Susanna is Georgina's new roommate.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast : Not sure of Claymoore (which sounds like Claymore) is named for the landmine, the battleship, or the big Scottish sword, but the implications are dangerous.
* NeverTrustATrailer: [[BlatantLies It's a heartwarming feel-good story.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BHHUBZf7y4 Honest.]] In addition, there is a great exchange in the trailer that never made it into the finished film:
-->'''Dr. Wick:''' Is there something about sex which lifts your feelings of despair?
-->'''Susanna:''' Have you ever ''had'' sex?
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: M.G., short for "Martian's Girlfriend".
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler: Daisy and her father.]]
* ParentalIssues: Towards the end, Lisa, while ranting, claims that her own parents wish she was dead, presumably because of her illness.
* ThePollyanna: Polly's almost always cheerful and friendly in spite of her situation.
* TheProblemWithPenIsland: Lisa's "ther-rapist"; see InsistentTerminology above.
* RaceLift: Valerie, who's white in the book, is played by Creator/WhoopiGoldberg.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Lisa to Daisy [[spoiler:(which is what finally tips Daisy over the edge)]], and later Susanna to Lisa. Even earlier, Valerie gives one to Susanna after the latter refuses to leave her bed and starts acting increasingly like Lisa. Susanna gives her one back, however.
* ReplacementGoldfish: It's implied that Lisa sees Susanna as one for Jamie, as she calls Susanna by the wrong name when dragging her out of Claymoore.
* RiddleForTheAges: Since Georgina is a pathological liar, it's not clear if the story she tells Susanna on Polly's burn scars is the real version or not. Particularly when Polly seems to have no allergies to the cat.
* RobbingTheDead: Lisa does this to [[spoiler:Daisy's]] corpse.
* RuleOfThree: Put to use a few times.
** Susanna hurts her hand three times: the first when she bangs her wrist and thinks the bones are gone, the second when she slices her palm on the fence during Toby's visit, and the third when her hand is smashed in the heavy door in the basement.
** Susanna talks about taking a bottle of aspirin: the first time with her father's friend (Creator/KurtwoodSmith), the second time with Melvin, and the third time with Toby.
** She denies trying to commit suicide the first two times, then admits she was trying to kill herself.
** Lisa is put in solitary first when she arrives on Susanna's first day, second after they stay up singing to Polly (and Lisa and Susanna run away), and the third time after she's brought back all strung out and twitchy.
* SelfHarm: Susanna repeatedly bangs her inner wrist until it bruises in the novel (which is also implied at the beginning of the film), and Daisy cuts her arms in the film. In addition, a deleted scene shows that Lisa uses lit cigarettes to burn the image of a cat onto her arm - this is the reason she's always seen wearing a band over her forearm. It's also alluded to even further in the finished film when Daisy snaps "Look at your ''own'' arm, asshole!".
* ShoutOut : Several, to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. According to the [[WordOfGod commentary]], the director wanted to avoid the inevitable comparisons to ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' and used the ''Oz'' books and film as beats in the film.
* TheShrink: Several varieties, given that it takes place in a mental institution. The two most notable ones are Dr. Potts and Dr. Wick.
* TheSociopath: Lisa, literally, having been diagnosed as such.
* SpoiledBrat: Daisy's a darker example than most as [[spoiler:her father, who spoils her so much, is also sexually abusing her. It's this that drives Daisy to self-harm and, eventually, suicide.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: M.G who holds a torch towards Lisa, as depicted early in the film when Lisa is being restrained and taken to solitary confinement and M.G sees this going on and tries to protect her, only to be held back by a nurse.
* StealthPun: The film version of Daisy self harms, in a PeriodPiece that takes place at the time of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, no less.
* TemptingFate: Susanna asks if she can go home by Thanksgiving, and points out that she's improved quite a bit and that nothing's happened for weeks. And then Lisa's back.
%%* TitleDrop: In Susanna's opening narrative.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Happens during a flashback showing Susanna having her stomach pumped.
* WhamLine:
--> '''Daisy:''' My father loves me.
--> '''Lisa:''' I bet. [[spoiler:With every ''inch'' of his manhood.]]
** Later, during the same scene:
--> '''Lisa:''' And everybody ''knows''. Everybody knows that [[spoiler:he fucks you]]. What they ''don't'' know... is that you like it.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: M.G. is last seen being taken away in a straitjacket due to a psychotic breakdown, and isn't present when Susanna is saying goodbye to the other patients at the end. It's fair to assume she goes to another ward, as does John the Orderly.
* WhoopiEpiphanySpeech : Valerie, to Susanna.
--> You are a lazy, self-indulgent little girl who is driving herself crazy.
* WrongNameOutburst: When trying to break out of Claymoore, Lisa calls Susanna "Jamie." Susanna herself is visibly shaken by this.