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

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Elizabeth
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Rafe
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Dr. Sterling
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Ruby
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Noah (as Jonathan Rhys-Meyers)
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Mrs. Wurtzel
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Sam
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Donald (as Nick Campbell)
Zoe Miller ...
Elizabeth at 12
Sheila Paterson ...
Grandmother
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Mister Cool
Nicole Parker ...
Waitress (as Nicole Parker Smith)
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Julia
Klodyne Rodney ...
Nurse
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Rolling Stone Editor
Wendy Noel ...
Mrs. Edelman
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Lecturer
Tom Kent ...
Lecturer
Christine Anton ...
Mrs. Stevenson
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Sheryl (as Cyndy Lentol)
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Geeky Mom
Paul Hoover ...
Geeky Dad
Tammy Bentz ...
Announcer
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Ellen
Maddy Capozzi ...
Amy
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Grandfather
Charles Andre ...
Mugger
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Purse Snatcher
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Student
Charles Siegel ...
Dr. Isaacs
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Lou Reed
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Khalil (as Raahul Singh)
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Ruby's Roommate
Stephen Basilone ...
Warren
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Student (uncredited)
Jack Fleischer ...
Harvard Student (uncredited)
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Frat Guy (uncredited)
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Professor (uncredited)
Josh Mead ...
Frat Guy (uncredited)
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Law Student (uncredited)
Jennifer Rappo ...
Student (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Harvard Undergrad (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Erik Skjoldbjærg

Written by

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Elizabeth Wurtzel ... (based on the book by)
 
Galt Niederhoffer ... (adaptation)
 
Frank Deasy ... (screenplay) and
Larry Gross ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Rainer Bienger ... associate producer: Cinerenta
Willi Bär ... executive producer (as Willi Baer)
Danny Dimbort ... executive producer
Jason E. Frankel ... co-executive producer (as Jason Frankel)
Lati Grobman ... associate producer (as Deni Lati Grobman)
Ildiko Kemeny ... line producer: UK (as Brad Kemeny)
Nadia Leonelli ... line producer: second unit, New York
Avi Lerner ... executive producer
R. Paul Miller ... producer
Galt Niederhoffer ... producer
Scott Putman ... line producer: additional photography, Los Angeles
Christina Ricci ... co-producer
Trevor Short ... executive producer
Andrea Sperling ... co-producer
Andrew Sugerman ... line producer
Fredrik Sundwall ... line producer: second unit, New York (as Frederick Sundevall)
John Thompson ... executive producer
Brad Weston ... producer

Music by

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Nathan Larson

Cinematography by

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Erling Thurmann-Andersen ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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James Lyons

Editorial Department

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Marie Hélène Desbiens ... negative cutter: Magic Film & Video (as Marie-Helene Desbiens)
Saul Escobedo ... film timer
Jordan Kessler ... post-production coordinator
Brian Kibbie ... negative cutter: Magic Film & Video
Vicki McIsaac ... post-production assistant
Sigrund Norderval ... associate editor (as Sigrun Norderval)
Yoon Sin Park ... negative cutter: Magic Film & Video
Joe Plenys ... assistant editor (as Joe Plennys)
Tom Scully ... assistant editor (as Thomas Scully)
Jim Towne ... assistant editor
Yon Van Kline ... associate editor (as Yon Von Kline)

Casting By

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Nancy Doyle
Felicia Fasano
Anne McCarthy
Maura Tighe
Mary Vernieu

Production Design by

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Clay A. Griffith

Art Direction by

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Don Macaulay

Set Decoration by

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Bobbie Frankel ... set decorator: Boston
Tonya Soules

Costume Design by

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Terry Dresbach

Makeup Department

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Jayne Dancose ... makeup artist: Ms. Lange
Tamsin Dorling Barbosa ... hair artist: Ms. Ricci, UK (as Tasmin Dorling) / makeup artist: Ms. Ricci, UK (as Tasmin Dorling)
Frances Hannon ... makeup artist: Ms. Lange, UK
Diane Holme ... hair stylist
Paul Huntley ... wigs: additional photography, New York
Renate Leuschner ... wigs: additional photography, Los Angeles (as Renata Leuscher)
Richard Mawbey ... hairdresser: Ms. Lange, UK
Brenda McNally ... assistant hair stylist: Boston
Vittorio Palmisani ... first assistant hair stylist (as Vittorio Palmisano)
Connie Parker ... key makeup artist: Boston / makeup department head
Tina Roesler Kerwin ... makeup artist: additional photography/Los Angeles
Joe Rossi ... assistant makeup artist: Boston
Sanna Seppanen ... key hair stylist / key hair stylist: Boston
Roy Sidick ... hair: Ms. Lange
Rupert Simon ... hairdresser: Ms. Ricci, UK
Kelvin R. Trahan ... hair stylist: additional photography/Los Angeles (as Kelvin Trahan)
Angela Wood ... first assistant makeup artist
Stacey Butterworth ... wig maker (uncredited)

Production Management

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Stewart Bethune ... production manager (as Sterwart Bethune)
Joseph E. Foley ... production manager: Boston (as Joe Foley)
Todd Gilbert ... post-production supervisor
Lisa Parker ... production manager: UK

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ashley Bell ... assistant director
Timothy R. Boyce Jr. ... second second assistant director: Boston (as TR Boyce)
Tristan Calvo ... trainee assistant director
Carlos Fidel ... second assistant director: UK
Caroline Fine ... second assistant director: additional photography, Los Angeles
Dave 'Foots' Footman ... second assistant director (as David Footman)
Billy Greenfield ... second second assistant director: additional photography, Los Angeles (as Bill Greenfield)
Debra Herst ... third assistant director
Marco Londoner ... first assistant director
Christopher Miller ... first assistant director: additional photography, Los Angeles (as Chris Miller)
Aida Rodgers ... second assistant director: Boston

Art Department

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Katharina Brand ... set dresser
Eli Bø ... production designer: UK (as Eli Bo)
Lisa Chugg ... buyer: UK / props master: UK
Colin Comeau ... lead painter
Bruno Coupe ... set dresser
Derek Del Puppo ... construction coordinator
Mitch Devon ... construction first aid
Ivar Dirikis ... construction buyer (as Ivar Dirikas)
Dawn Marie Dowling ... lead set decorator
Ken Doyle ... third set decorator: Boston (as Kenny Doyle)
Emma Faroh ... art department coordinator
Jane Gottschlag ... lead painter
Jurgen Gottschlag ... paint coordinator
Kevin Griffin-Park ... on-set dresser
Leah Hong ... computer graphics
Shirley Inget ... set director
Kim Jackson ... lead person: additional photography/Los Angeles
Will Jackson ... production designer: additional photography/Los Angeles
Della Mae Johnston ... buyer
Willis Karsgaard ... construction foreman
Jason B. Landels ... assistant props master (as Jason Landels)
Hayley Mills-Lot ... props buyer (as Hayley Mills-Lott)
Diane Nachlik ... assistant set decorator
Maggie Russell ... paint laborer
Tonya Soules ... set director
Aileen Sovronsky ... assistant props: Boston
Kevin Stephens ... lead carpenter
Tony Tarquini ... art department assistant: UK / stand-by: UK
Mike Tavanni ... leadman: Boston
Betty Vaughan-Richards ... assistant art director: UK (as Betty Vaughan Richards) / set decorator: UK (as Betty Vaughan Richards)
Kevin E. Vermeersch ... property master: Boston (as Kevin Vermeesch)
Trinita Waller ... props master
Mat Winterton ... sign fabricator

Sound Department

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Steven J. Altieri ... cassettes and dubs: Sound Services, Inc. (as Steve Altieri)
Josh Bower ... boom: additional photography/Los Angeles
Fred Burnham ... sound mixer: Boston
Hugo Ekornes ... foley recordist / sound effects editor
Steve Fish ... boom operator: UK
Petter Fladeby ... re-recording mixer
Baard H. Ingebretsen ... dialogue editor
Martin Lacroix ... boom (as Marty Lacroix)
Vicki McIsaac ... sound scheduler: ADR
Randall Meyers ... sound designer
Steven Morrow ... sound mixer: additional photography/Los Angeles (as Steve Morrow)
John Nord ... cassettes and dubs: Sound Services, Inc.
Christopher O'Donnell ... boom: Boston (as Chris O'Donnell)
Tormod Ringnes ... dialogue editor (as Tormond Ringnes)
John Taylor ... sound mixer: UK
Gisle Tveito ... technical supervisor
William Unrau ... cable (as Will Unrau)
Tor Anders Voldsund ... dialogue editor
Erik S. Watland ... foley artist / sound effects editor
Michael T. Williamson ... sound recordist (as Michael Williamson)
Mark Kenna ... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Gord Davis ... special effects coordinator
William 'Billy Jack' Jakielaszek ... special effects supervisor
Brian Ricci ... special effects: Boston

Visual Effects by

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Keith Allan ... opticals: Title House Digital
Mark Allan ... opticals: Title House Digital
Ridge Blackwell ... opticals: Title House Digital
Halvor Bodin ... opening title designer: Virtual Garden
Steve Emerson ... digital compositor
Brian Fortenberry ... optical line-up: Title House Digital
Carlos Guerra Villareal ... photography: title sequence (as Carlos Guerra)

Stunts

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Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle ... stunts (as Lauro Chartrand)
Marny Eng ... stunt double: Christina Ricci
Corry Glass ... stunt double: Ms. Lange (as Corey Glass)
Jacob Rupp ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Douglas Curran ... stills (as Doug Curran)
Phil Darrell ... gaffer: Boston
Sean Davis ... best boy
Herb DeWaal ... rigging grip (as Herb Dewaal)
John Diamond ... electrician: UK
Thomas Doran ... key grip: Boston (as Tommy Doran)
Steven J. Eliopoulos ... first assistant camera: Boston (as Steven Eliopoulos)
Eric Engler ... generator operator
Colin Field ... gaffer: UK
Jamie Fitzpatrick ... second assistant camera: Boston
Keith Flanagan ... grip (as Keith Flannagan)
William L. Flanagan ... best boy grip: Boston (as Bill Flanagan)
John Fletcher ... focus puller: UK
Michael Ginsburg ... still photographer: USA
Robin Hall ... lamp operator
Grant Hamakawa ... best boy grip
Gretchen Hatz ... camera loader: additional photography
Christian J. Hollyer ... loader: Boston (as Christian Hollyer)
Susan Jacobson ... clapper loader: UK
Kurt Jones ... Steadicam operator: additional photography/Los Angeles
Tom Kaczmarski ... key grip
William Kassis ... gaffer (as Bill Kassis)
Carol Macdonald ... second assistant camera (as Carol MacDonald)
Álex Martínez ... second assistant camera
Adrian McCarthy ... key grip: UK
W. James Meagher ... camera trainee (as James Meagher)
Symon Mink ... first assistant camera: second unit/New York
James R. Mitchell ... best boy electric: Boston (as Jim Mitchell)
Peter Mohr ... lamp operator
Jonathan Nixon ... additional photographer
Charlie Panayi ... electrician: UK
Larry Portmann ... first assistant camera (as Larry Portman)
Paul Postal ... gaffer: additional photography/Los Angeles
Dave Riopel ... dolly grip
Ian Roscorla ... lead grip (as Ina Roscorla)
Patrick Ruth ... electrician: Boston
Dean Schwingboth ... grip
Phil Stevens ... electrician: UK
Jase Tanner ... generator operator
Robert Tompkins ... dolly grip: Boston (as Bobby Tompkins)
Jim van Dijk ... 'a' camera operator (as Jim Van Dijk) / camera operator: Boston (as Jim Van Dijk)
Carlos Guerra Villareal ... director of photography: second unit/New York (as Carlos Guerra)
Joe Waistell ... additional first assistant camera
Randy A. Jablonka ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jim van Dijk ... steadicam operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Stephanie Boeke ... extras casting
Susan Taylor Brouse ... co-casting director: Canada (as Sue Brouse)
Lynne Carrow ... casting director: Canada
Felicia Fasano ... additional casting: Los Angeles
Cheri Gaynor ... casting assistant: Vancouver
Jason Scott Kavner ... casting associate (as Jason Kavner)
Freddy Luis ... casting associate
Alex Newman ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Frank Avanzo ... second assistant wardrobe: Boston
Hillary Derby ... third assistant wardrobe: Boston
Shane Deschamps ... wardrobe supervisor
Anne Lavender-Jones ... costume assistant: UK
Maria Livingstone ... assistant costume designer
Clare McLaren ... truck costumer
Bega Metzner ... assistant costume designer / costume designer: Boston
Vanessa Munro ... costume supervisor: UK
Bill Murphy ... assistant wardrobe: additional photography/Los Angeles
Joanna Murphy ... wardrobe: additional photography/Los Angeles
Deborah Newhall ... key costumer: Boston

Location Management

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Jim Donnelly ... location scout / assistant
Thomas Hanna ... location manager: second unit/New York
Jeff N. Maclean ... location manager: Boston (as Jeff MacLean)
Keli Moore ... trainee assistant locations
Ritch Renaud ... location manager (as Ritch Rinaud)
Dinean Stayk ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Hugo Ekornes ... music editor
Joe Rangel ... music coordinator
Randy Spendlove ... executive in charge of music
Ashley Waldron ... music consultant (as Ashley Miller)

Script and Continuity Department

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Helga Ungurait ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Bobby Anderson ... period car coordinator: extras background, Boston (as Bob Anderson)
Corey Askins ... transportation: additional photography/Los Angeles
Jon Campbell ... insert car driver: Boston
Peter Franta ... driver: cast
Len Furssedonn ... driver: Ms. Lange, UK
Michael Hindle ... driver: Boston
Bill Janssen ... transportation coordinator
Phil Knight ... driver: Ms. Ricci, UK
Ron Lacroix ... transportation co-captain
Bob Lee ... driver: construction
Robert Martini ... transportation coordinator: Boston
M. Walter Moroz ... transportation captain (as Walter Moroz)
Bindy Sangha ... driver: set decorator
Ronald J. Tartaglia Jr. ... driver: Boston (as Ronnie Tartaglia)

Other crew

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Lisa Ades ... research
Tsila Adler ... post-production accountant
Keith Allan ... titles: Title House Digital
Mark Allan ... titles: Title House Digital
Jill Antal ... accountant / payroll
Steven Bakewell ... runner: UK
Andrew Barron ... craft service / first aid
Brunella Battista ... stand-in: Ms. Ricci
Ridge Blackwell ... titles: Title House Digital
Halvor Bodin ... typographer: Virtual Garden
Timothy R. Boyce Jr. ... key set production assistant: Boston
Donald Bruce ... production controller
Adria Budd Johnson ... assistant to producers (as Adria Budd)
Blake Busby ... typesetter: Title House Digital
Karen M. Cockrell ... post-production accounting manager (as Karen Cockrell)
Keith E. Cooper ... legal
Dixie Cutler ... publicist
Mitch Devon ... safety
Diana Dill ... script supervisor: UK
Anna Dobkin ... assistant locations: Boston (as Anna Jane Dobkin)
Mary Donovan ... production secretary: Boston
Dave Duce ... production coordinator: additional photography/Los Angeles
Steve Duke ... chef (as Steven Duke)
Susie Dunne ... runner: UK
Brian Enright ... production assistant: second unit/New York
Elton Farla ... unit nurse: UK
Glenn D. Feig ... legal: Barab, Kline & Coate, LLP
Sarah Felder ... dialect coach
Steven Forster ... assistant chef
Jason E. Frankel ... legal: Barab, Kline & Coate, LLP
Linda Gregory ... accountant: UK
Debra Grossman ... assistant to director
Andrew Hardwick ... production assistant: UK
Kimberly P. Harmon ... post-production accountant
Bonnie Hay ... stand-in: Ms. Williams
Steve Hoare ... set production assistant: Boston
Lori Hornung ... production coordinator: Boston
Josh Jacobs ... production assistant: second unit/New York
Dylan Jenkinson ... production assistant (as Dylan Jenkison)
Gordon Juli ... security
Julie Landholt ... typesetter: Title House Digital
Matt Lawford ... shortfall insurance
Christi Lester ... production coordinator: additional photography/Los Angeles
Matthew A. MacDonald ... production assistant: second unit/New York (as Matthew MacDonald)
Sheenah Main ... production coordinator
Scott Masterson ... set production assistant: Boston
Robert Milicevic ... security
Nico Millican ... production assistant: additional photography/Los Angeles
Travis Mitchell ... accountant
Karah Moszeh ... budget comptroller
Sheri Neimor ... accounting clerk
Buckley Norris ... insurance services: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Ann Pankonin ... craft service: Boston
Lisa Parker ... production coordinator: UK
Anil Patadé ... first assistant accountant (as Anil Patade)
Shaun Redick ... sales agent
Julia Reid ... extras wrangler
Matthew Rimmer ... production assistant: additional photography/Los Angeles (as Matt Rimmer)
Brian Robel ... assistant locations: Boston
Rodney Rodriguez ... production assistant: second unit/New York
Liz Schaeffer ... assistant: Ms. Ricci
Paul Simson ... first assistant coordinator
David Sitzman ... contracts administrator
Luis A. Soria ... corporate controller
Susan Stefanyshyn ... production accountant
Graeme Tait ... security co-captain
Marianne O. Ulrichsen ... technical consultant
Helga Ungurait ... script supervisor: Boston
Matthew Warren ... completion guarantee: Film Finances, Inc. (as Matt Warren)
Brad Weiss ... accountant (as Bradley Weiss)
W. Scott Weston ... production assistant
Robert White ... production assistant
Roger Williams ... EPK/BTS Service Provider: Inspired Image Picture Company
Judith Windsor ... dialogue coach: UK
Larry Woodhouse ... security captain / security coordinator
Jennifer Worrell ... typesetter: Title House Digital
Tina Simmons ... stand-in: Jessica Lange (uncredited)

Thanks

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Richard Bishop ... thanks
Rick Emington ... thanks
Thomas Gunnerud ... thanks: Norsk Filmstudio A/S
Ray Price ... thanks
Tom Remlov ... thanks: Norsk Film A/S
Finn Skårderud ... thanks
Ashley Waldron ... thanks (as Ashley Miller)
Elizabeth Wurtzel ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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.

Plot Keywords
Taglines Pledge allegiance. Life's a drag. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Prozac Nation - Sex, Pillen und Lou Reed (Germany)
  • Prozac Nation - Mein Leben mit der Psychopille (Germany)
  • Nación Prozac (Spain)
  • Prozacový národ (Czech Republic)
  • Pokolenie P (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Budget $9,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Filmed in 2000, Miramax films planned on releasing the film in late 2001, but shelved it indefinitely in the US. A number of reasons were given for the delay, from the unlikeable nature of the central heroine to writer Elizabeth Wurtzel's offensive comments about 9/11, to the fact that Wurtzel noted that the movie was "horrible." The movie finally debuted on the Starz! network in 2005 when, following the exit of Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein from Miramax, all pending films were released, in one form or another. See more »
Goofs Elizabeth has a Bruce Springsteen "Tunnel of Love" album poster hanging in her room in 1985. The album was not released until 1987. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Prozac Nation (2001). See more »
Soundtracks Sweet Jane See more »
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 »
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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