Prozac Nation

Synopsis: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wurtzel is a teenager accepted into Harvard with a scholarship in journalism. She has been raised by her divorced mother Mrs. Wurtzel since she was two years old, but she misses her father and feels needy and depressive. When she joins the university, she lives with a roommate Ruby and has her sexual initiation with Noah. Her article for the local column in Crimson newspaper is awarded by Rolling Stone magazine. Lizzie becomes abusive in sex and drugs, and her existential crisis and depression increases and she hurts her friends and her mother that love her, while dating Rafe. Mrs. Wurtzel sends her to an expensive psychiatric treatment with Dr. Sterling, in spite of having difficulties paying for her medical bills and therapy sessions. After a long period of treatment under medication, and suicide attempt, Lizzie stabilizes and adjusts to the real world.
Director(s): Erik Skjoldbjærg
Production: Miramax Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Don't you think you should be getting

the car back? It's getting kind of late.


Don't forget to eat.

- Bye, sweetheart.

- Bye, Mom.

Ever since I was a little kid, my mom

and I always hung out together.

I didn't fit in with most kids in school.

They thought I was strange,

so they made me feel like a stranger.

And my mother took advantage of it

from an early age.

Throwing me into plays,

spelling bees, studying...

...writing, museums, concerts

and even more writing.

She convinced me this would

lead to the Holy Grail.

Harvard. A place where I would

finally be surrounded by people...

...I had something in common with.

I'm not gonna ask for much.

They don't have

to be a Springsteen fan.

Nice meeting you guys.

- Hi.

- Hi.

You're Elizabeth, right?

Yeah, I thought that I recognized you

from the face book.

I read that article that you wrote

about your parents' divorce.

- That was brilliant.

- Thank you.

- I'm Ruby.

- Hi.

- We're gonna be roommates.

- Oh, cool.

Seriously, you don't have any idea

what that article meant to me.

You telling the grisly truth about

your parents, exposing all their lies.

And then meeting with your father,

reconciling with him.

So inspiring.

Do you smoke?

You know, I've never smoked

in the daytime before.

Well, we're at Harvard now.

We can do whatever we want to.


We'll be like these

beautiful, literary freaks.

And brilliant and dark, sexy.

Trouble is, I'm deadly serious.

Boys never used to notice me before.

I wasn't even on their list

of alternatives.

Ruby gets it. She gets me.

If she were a guy,

everything would be perfect.

When Lou Reed was 17 years old,

he was diagnosed... suffering from mood swings.

He was subjected to electric-shock

treatment three times a week.

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Frank Deasy

Frank Deasy (19 May 1959 – 17 September 2009) was an Irish screenwriter. He won an Emmy Award for the television series Prime Suspect and was also nominated for his works, Looking After Jo Jo and The Grass Arena. His other works included the BBC/HBO mini-series, The Passion.Preceding his death from liver cancer on 17 September 2009, Deasy spoke in public about his condition. An appearance on RTÉ Radio 1's Liveline led to a record increase in organ donor card requests in Ireland. more…

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