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Prozac Nation (2001)

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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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Pledge allegiance. Life's a drag. See more »

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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 Lizzie leaves the hotel lobby, they cut to a shot of flying commercial airliner to denote that she flew to Austin; however, the airliner they cut to an Airbus A340 that did not have its first flight until 1991 and was definitely not in service in the mid-80's. See more »

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Elizabeth: You don't understand. You don't understand, it was an accident.
Ruby: An accident? You call that a fucking accident?
Elizabeth: It was, uh, it was sort of, you know...
Ruby: Come on, what?
Elizabeth: An accidental blowjob?
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Referenced in The Nostalgia Chick: Sleepy Hollow (2012) See more »

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Sweet Jane
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Have you ever been depressed?

well if you're one of those rare creatures that would answer with a 'no' then watch this movie you'll understand how hard is get out of a bed when you are depressed, how hard is to find a reason to live and why you just can't explain the way you feel. Cristina Ricci is an amazing actress indeed. portrayed this problem in such an excellent way that gave you the right idea is not a romantic or dramatic, or pathetic point of view at all, just the way it is.

its a simple story with a simple explanation for a complicated issue, the reason why sometimes you can't just look forward a supposed good life, no matter how good you are, how brave you look, or how easy your life looks. there's also issues that actually affect our youngsters this days, and changes during the movies, the Part that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has here is small and looks like non important at all but it is, he's crucial for the whole story to be told, shows the difference between a depression patient and just a messed up kid. An amazing movie made from an Amazing book.


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