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.

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Thor Freudenthal

Writers:

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
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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

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Drama | Romance

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

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Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina See more »

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It seems highly suspect that a school would accept a student for enrollment on the condition that psychological evaluation of his schizophrenia is shared with the school. See more »

Quotes

Adam: I became a bystander in my own life.
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Features Never Been Kissed (1999) See more »

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Somebody
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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GOOD ROMANTIC/COMEDY
24 March 2021 | by andreascaloniSee all my reviews

Diagnosed with a mental illness during 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 open his heart and not be defined by his condition. Words on Bathroom Walls is well acted, solidly directed and sensitive. But in the final act it falls into a standard teen movie structure. However the movie delivers a powerful message that people are not defined by their limits or their struggles. Rating: 7,5


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Words on Bathroom Walls See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$432,968, 23 August 2020

Gross USA:

$2,542,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,073,857
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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