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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Germany | USA | Canada

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Elizabeth Wurtzel is writing the piece on Bruce Springsteen, a pack of Morleys, the fictional cigarette brand from the The X-Files (1993) and many other movies and TV shows can be seen on her desk. See more »

Goofs

When Ruby and Elizabeth are talking after she has sex, Elizabeth is lying on the bed and has the pillow behind her head. In the shot in the mirror she has the pillow almost under her. See more »

Quotes

[opening narration]
Elizabeth: Back, back, back. How fucking far back do you go? My mom and dad were divorced before I was two, and from that on my father was almost uninvolved in my life, and my mother much too involved. She wanted to make up for all her mistakes through me.
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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 X-Files (1993) 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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It was truly amazing
30 March 2006 | by doctorsheilaSee all my reviews

I have never read the book, now I want to. Seeing this movie really touched me. I cried all the way through it. Living in a small northern town in British Columbia, I've always thought I was alone, fighting a battle that could never be won. Watching this movie, was a sigh of relief. It was like she was telling my story. Many stories. Explaining exactly what it feels like, the demons in my head, the spinning, the realistic, the logical point of view, what we know is real, but what we feel is two different things. She has this brought to life, making sense to the rest of the world what is and isn't wrong with us. I see the news, talk with the people around me, and it seems like everyone has been, or knows someone that has been on anti-depressants. They are not, and will be the quick fix, but between therapy, and anti-depressants, it has saved my life. I have heard many comments about how anti-depressants don't work, and that they are just a quick fix. It takes a lot of hard work, and therapy that goes with anti-depressants to make it work. I totally agree in the film where she said it would help her to be able to see things in a different light. This is truly a wonderful, and amazing film and I'm looking forward to reading the book.


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