A young woman struggles with depression during her first year at Harvard.

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Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wurtzel is a teenager accepted into Harvard with a scholarship in journalism. She has been raised by her divorced mother Mrs. Wurtzel since she was two years old, but she misses her father and feels needy and depressive. When she joins the university, she lives with a roommate Ruby and has her sexual initiation with Noah. Her article for the local column in Crimson newspaper is awarded by Rolling Stone magazine. Lizzie becomes abusive in sex and drugs, and her existential crisis and depression increases and she hurts her friends and her mother that love her, while dating Rafe. Mrs. Wurtzel sends her to an expensive psychiatric treatment with Dr. Sterling, in spite of having difficulties paying for her medical bills and therapy sessions. After a long period of treatment under medication, and suicide attempt, Lizzie stabilizes and adjusts to the real world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Drew Barrymore and Sandra Bullock were considered for the role of Elizabeth. See more »

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When Elizabeth is moving into her dorm room (in late Summer, 1985), the top LP on the pile she looks at briefly is "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" by Pink Floyd, which was released in September of 1987. See more »

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Grandmother: No one acts this way when they are not on drugs...
Elizabeth: [interrupts] I fucking DO!
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Des Testament Des Mabuse
Written by Ralf Doerper, Michael Mertens, Andreas Thein
Performed by Propaganda
Courtesy of ZTT Records Ltd.
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A misunderstood movie about a misunderstood disease
1 August 2005 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Prozac Nation" is a case study of clinical depression with Ricci as a Harvard frosh trying to cope with her own identity crisis, poor self esteem, and uncontrollable mood swings; the expectations of an over-compensating divorced mother; the absenteeism of a shallow father; and the sincerity of a love she can't believe is real. The film does a good job of accurately representing the destructive influences of the disease of depression in spite murky flashbacks, a hazy narration by Ricci, and a melodramatic and contrived feel. A showcase for Ricci, who meets the demands of her role, this film's lukewarm reception may have more to do with the lack of understanding of the Jekyll-Hyde nature of the depressed person than a poor presentation of the character. (B)


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