Girl, Interrupted

 
 

PLEASE HELP!

Although our site is very popular, the current economic climate has reduced our revenues just when we need extra security to prevent attacks from hackers who don't like what we do. If you think what we do is worthwhile, please donate or become a member.



ASSIGNED NUMBERS

Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

 [more »]


Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Based on Susanna Kaysen's memoir of committing herself to a mental institution for "a rest" after attempting suicide, and how she was held there for 1˝ years. With Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Elizabeth Moss, Jared Leto, Jeffrey Tambor, Vanessa Redgrave, Whoopi Goldberg, Mary Kay Place, Travis Fine, Jillian Armenante, Steve Altes, Angela Bettis, John Bobby, Larry Jameson, Christopher Manning and Kurtwood Smith. [2:07]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including references to incest, lesbianism and fellatio) and several kisses (including one woman briefly kissing another). A woman begins to unbuckle a man's pants and it's implied that she performs fellatio. A man and woman are in bed together, presumably post-coitus (they're obviously naked but covered by sheets, though we do see her bare back as she's dressing); also, we see a man and woman beginning to take off each other's clothes (no nudity is visible) and kissing passionately on a bed. A woman licks a cherry suggestively in front of a man. We see a naked man at a distance through partially open blinds and briefly glimpse part of his genitalia. We see the side of a woman's breast and her entire bare back, part of a woman's bare breast through her wet nightgown after she's thrown into a bathtub and a few women bathing in separate bathtubs (we only see their bare shoulders, arms and legs).

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A person is seen hanging from a shower rod (we see the corpse dangling for a while in the background while two women are talking, as well as a close-up of the corpse's bloody wrist and clothing). A woman's hand is smashed in a sliding door; we see her bruised, bloody hand afterwards. We see a close-up of a needle injected into an arm and a close-up of an arm with self-inflicted cuts. A woman threatens to stab her neck with a pen and inject a needle in her arm. Some pushing and shoving; we also see a few people screaming and struggling while being dragged into rooms. A woman pulls a tube out of her throat and vomits. Throughout the movie, we see a burn victim's badly scarred and disfigured face. Several scenes during which people yell at each other.

PROFANITY 10 - About 55 F-words, numerous anatomical references, a few scatological references and several mild obscenities, insults, racial slurs and name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Suicide, mental illness, despair, casual sex, masochism, being institutionalized, Vietnam War, family, infidelity, incest.

MESSAGE - Mental institutions are imperfect, but they can help those who want to help themselves.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

Our Ratings Explained

Tell Friends About Our Site

Become a Member


A CAVEAT: We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and some of our early standards were not as stringent as they are now. We therefore need to revisit many older reviews, especially those written prior to 1998 or so; please keep this in mind if you're consulting a review from that period. While we plan to revisit and correct older reviews our resources are limited and it is a slow, time-consuming process.




INAPPROPRIATE ADS? We have little control over ads since we belong to ad agencies that serve ads automatically; a standing order should prevent provocative ads, but inappropriate ads do sneak in.
What you can do



HOW TO SUPPORT KIDS-IN-MIND

1. 

Become a member: You can subscribe for as little as a couple of dollars a month and gain access to our premium site, which contains no ads whatsoever. Think about it: You'll be helping support our site and guarantee that we will continue to publish, and you will be able to browse without any commercial interruptions.

2. 

Tell all your friends: Please recommend kids-in-mind.com to your friends and acquaintances; you'll be helping them by letting them know how useful our site is, while helping us by increasing our readership. Since we do not advertise, the best and most reliable way to spread the word is by word-of-mouth.

3. 

Alert local & national media: Let major media know why you trust our ratings. Call or e-mail a local newspaper, radio station or TV channel and encourage them to do a story about our site. Since we do not have a PR firm working for us, you can be our media ambassadors.




Copyright © 1992- Critics. All rights reserved. "Kids-In-Mind™" and "Movie Ratings That Actually Work™" are Service Marks of Critics. For legal queries please see our Terms of Use; for comments or questions see our contact page.