Diagnosed with a mental illness halfway through his senior year of high school, a witty, introspective teen struggles to keep it a secret while falling in love with a brilliant classmate who inspires him to not be defined by his condition.


Thor Freudenthal


Nick Naveda (screenplay by), Julia Walton (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Plummer ... Adam
Andy Garcia ... Father Patrick
Taylor Russell ... Maya
AnnaSophia Robb ... Rebecca
Beth Grant ... Sister Catherine
Devon Bostick ... Joaquin
Lobo Sebastian ... Bodyguard
Molly Parker ... Beth
Walton Goggins ... Paul
Aaron Dominguez ... Todd
Reinaldo Faberlle ... Manuel
Jeris Donovan Jeris Donovan ... Woman
Iain Tucker ... Ahole Teenager
Sean Michael Weber ... Paramedic
Drew Scheid ... Ted


The story of witty and introspective Adam (Charlie Plummer), who appears to be your typical young adult - a little unkempt with raging hormones and excited about a future pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year following an incident in chemistry class, Adam is diagnosed with a mental illness. Sent to a Catholic academy to finish out his term, Adam has little hope of fitting in and just wants to keep his illness secret until he can enroll in culinary school. But when he meets outspoken and fiercely intelligent Maya (Taylor Russell), there is an instant soulful and comforting connection. As their romance deepens, she inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. Now, with the love and support of his girlfriend and family, Adam is hopeful for the very first time that he can see the light and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead. Written by Roadside Attractions

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If You Can't Trust Your Mind, Trust Your Heart


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

PG-13 for mature thematic content involving mental illness, some sexual references, strong language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Thor Freudenthal previously directed Devon Bostick in Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010). See more »


Near the ending of the film, Adam is placed on suicide watch at a mental hospital after attempting suicide. The writers show that the mother is unable to bring toothpicks in for a dish she is bringing to Adam. The room Adam is in, however, has clearly exposed electrical sockets and even an easily breakable ceramic lamp, none of which would be located in the room of someone on suicide watch. Patients generally are kept from electrocuting themselves or cutting themselves on broken glass. See more »


References Pale Blue Dot (2015) See more »


Written by Andrew Taggart, Emily Warren (as Emily Warren Schwartz) and Andrew Neely
Performed by The Chainsmokers (feat. Drew Love)
Published by Sony/ATV Allegro, Nice Hair Publishing, Prescription Songs (ASCAP)/Havenwood House (ASCAP)
Administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing (ASCAP) and These Are Songs of Pulse (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Disruptor Records/Columbia Records
Drew Love appears courtesy of Warner Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Records
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6 February 2021 | by ewaswitonSee all my reviews

I turned this on because I had nothing better to watch and I couldn't sleep. I was expecting a shallow drama with a romantic plot but OH GOD IT WAS BRILLIANT! Acting of the main character who is dealing with schizophrenia was really on point! I thought this will be a movie to easily go to sleep during watching it, but instead it was a movie on which I cried my eyes out. Definitely recommend!

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Release Date:

21 August 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Words on Bathroom Walls See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$432,968, 23 August 2020

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2.39 : 1
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