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Prozac Nation (2001)

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

Director:

Erik Skjoldbjærg

Writers:

Elizabeth Wurtzel (based on the book by), Galt Niederhoffer (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Elizabeth
Jason Biggs ... Rafe
Anne Heche ... Dr. Sterling
Michelle Williams ... Ruby
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Noah (as Jonathan Rhys-Meyers)
Jessica Lange ... Mrs. Wurtzel
Jesse Moss ... Sam
Nicholas Campbell ... Donald (as Nick Campbell)
Zoe Miller Zoe Miller ... Elizabeth at 12
Sheila Paterson Sheila Paterson ... Grandmother
Rob Freeman ... Mister Cool
Nicole Parker Nicole Parker ... Waitress (as Nicole Parker Smith)
Frida Betrani ... Julia
Klodyne Rodney Klodyne Rodney ... Nurse
Ian Tracey ... Rolling Stone Editor
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Storyline

Christina Ricci stars as Lizzie, a prize-winning student heading off to Harvard where she intends to study journalism and launch a career as a rock music critic. However, Elizabeth's fractured family situation including an errant father (Nicholas Campbell) and a neurotic, bitterly hypercritical mother (Jessica Lange) has led to a struggle with depression. When her all-night, drug-fueled writing binges and emotional instability alienate her roommate and best friend, Ruby (Michelle Williams), as well as both her first (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and second (Jason Biggs) boyfriends, Lizzie seeks psychiatric counseling from Dr. Diana Sterling (Anne Heche), who prescribes the wonder drug Prozac. Despite success as a writer that includes a gig writing for Rolling Stone and some mellowing out thanks to her medication, Lizzie begins to feel that the pills are running her life and faces some tough choices about her future.

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Based On The New York Times Best-Selling Book! 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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Germany | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2003 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prozac népe See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Drew Barrymore and Sandra Bullock were considered for the role of Elizabeth. See more »

Goofs

When Lizzie's Dad takes a photo, camera is in horizontal position. When Lizzie finds the photo, it seems like it was taken by vertically-oriented camera. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: Hemingway has his classic moment in "The Sun Also Rises" when someone asks Mike Campbell how he went bankrupt. All he can say is, "Gradually, then suddenly." That's how depression hits. You wake up one morning, afraid that you're gonna live.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the close-up shots of the letters Elizabeth is typing form the sentence, "I hate myself and I want to die." See more »

Connections

References The Last Waltz (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Is Who
Written by Frank Agnew, Tony Cadena (as Tony Brandenburg) and Steve Soto
Performed by Adolescents (as The Adolescents)
Courtesy of Frontier Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Superb acting skills
3 September 2006 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a young first year Harvard student's life with depression and personality problems.

Christina Ricci's acting is superb in this film. She plays Lizzie very well, she manages to give a full range of emotional expressions. Most of the time, Lizzie's sad, so Christina Ricci had to pull a sad face most of the time. In addition to sadness, there is also joy, ecstasy, intoxication, rage and jealousy. All these emotions are fully and effectively displayed by Ricci.

Jessica Lange acts very well in this film as well. She plays this over-controlling mother with a lot of anger. The scene with her arguing about the medical bills with Christina Ricci is amazing, they both displays brilliant acting skills.

The film is not bad at all, it was a pity that it did not receive a theatrical release.


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