Prozac Nation (film)
|Directed by||Erik Skjoldbjærg|
|Produced by||R. Paul Miller et al.|
|Written by||Galt Niederhoffer (adaptation)
Elizabeth Wurtzel (book)
Frank Deasy (screenplay)
Larry Gross (screenplay)
|Music by||Nathan Larson|
|Editing by||James Lyons|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
September 8 2001 (Canada)March 19 2005 (USA)
|Running time||95 minutes|
Prozac Nation is a 2001 American drama film directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg, starring Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs and Anne Heche. It is based on an autobiography of the same name by Elizabeth Wurtzel, which describes Wurtzel's experiences with major depression. The title is a reference to Prozac, the brand name of an antidepressant she was prescribed.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wurtzel is a 19-year-old girl accepted into Harvard with a scholarship in journalism. She has been raised by her divorced mother since she was two years old and hasn't seen her father at all in the last four years. But she still misses her emotionally distant and financially unsupportive father and feels needy and depressed because of the total communications breakdown between her and her caring but dysfunctional mother. When she joins the university she lives with a roommate named Ruby and coolly decides to surrender her virginity to an older student called Noah. Lizzie proceeds to alienate Noah by throwing a loss-of-virginity party immediately afterwards. And Ruby eventually becomes another casualty of her unrelenting neediness and crisis mentality. But Lizzie's article for the local music column in The Harvard Crimson is presented an award by Rolling Stone.
Lizzie temporarily derails her promising literary career, however, by falling into drug abuse as her depression worsens. Her mother sends her to expensive psychiatric sessions toward which her father, pleading poverty, implacably refuses to contribute anything at all. After a long period of treatment under medication and an aborted suicide attempt, Lizzie stabilizes and begins to adjust to her life as it really is.
- Christina Ricci as Elizabeth Wurtzel
- Jason Biggs as Rafe
- Anne Heche as Dr. Sterling
- Michelle Williams as Ruby
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Noah
- Jessica Lange as Mrs. Wurtzel
- Jesse Moss as Sam
- Nicholas Campbell as Donald, Elizabeth's father
- Lou Reed as Lou Reed
- Zoe Miller as the young Elizabeth Wurtzel
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2001; distribution rights were acquired by Miramax Films with the intent of giving the film a wider theatrical release. Months of subsequent test screenings and re-edits of the film never led to a broad commercial release. The film was released in Norway, Skjoldbjærg's native country, in August 2003, but it never had a national release in the U.S. market. It premiered on the Starz! channel in March 2005, and was released on DVD that following summer.
|“||It's a truthful depiction of depression. And I think the reason Miramax has struggled is the fact that it doesn't have a traditional dramatic structure, in terms of a clear, unqualified ending. Look at the book: Elizabeth is very clear that Prozac has helped her, but you're left with a dilemma, because perhaps she no longer knows who she is. We didn't want to come down heavily on one side or the other. People who've experienced depression like that aspect of the film, but a lot of people don't like it. Miramax certainly don't seem to like it.||”|
What follows is a list of the songs that were played according to the end credits.
- "The Promise" — Bruce Springsteen
- "Mystery Achievement" — The Pretenders
- "I Will Dare" — The Replacements
- "Perfect Day" — Lou Reed
- "Sweet Jane" — Lou Reed
- "Keep the Promise" — The Pontiac Brothers
- "Ivory Tower" — The Long Ryders
- "Who Is Who" — The Adolescents
- "The Real West" — Thin White Rope
- "Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse" — Propaganda
- "For Author of 'Prozac Nation,' Delayed Film Is a Downer". Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- "Release me". Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- Prozac Nation