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

Back, back, back.

How f***ing far back do you go?

My mom and dad were

divorced before I was 2.

And from then on, my father

was almost uninvolved in my life...

...and my mother, much too involved.

She wanted to make up

for all her mistakes through me.

One night, there was something

in my pants, like, blood.

My mom said, "Oh, hell, your period.

This is where all the trouble starts. "

She was right.

Now Mom and Dad

really had something to fight over.


Then one day, my dad disappeared.

No number, no letters, just gone.

I wrote to Seventeen magazine.

A long letter about us.

They wanted to publish it

as an article but kept asking:

"Your dad going away?

Does he come back?

Does it have a happy ending?"

In reality, it didn't,

but I thought, "What the hell?

I'll give them what they want. "

This is it.

Time to go.

Mom, please...

No way are we gonna be late.

We have hours.

Honey, honey, you've got

registration at 4.

Come on, now.

Oh, Lizzie, you wanna take your rug.

- Mom!

- What? Come on.

This is the most important day

of your life.

I thought that's

when you got married.

No, honey, that's

the worst day of your life.

Yeah, she is so excited.

Oh, Mom, she looks beautiful.

Pity, I was aiming for psychotic.

Well, yeah.

Grandma's so excited she's crying.

It's a journalism scholarship, Mom.

Journalism, yeah.

She wants to be a writer.

The first few days,

that's when everyone makes friends.

I know.

- It gets harder later.

- Mom, I think I'm old enough.

Don't get upset.

I'm not getting upset.

Why are you saying that I'm upset?

I'm just trying to help. You know that.

You know how proud

I am of you, Lizzie.

You have so much potential.

Are you listening to me?


Lizzie. Lizzie, what are you doing?

Come on, let's get this stuff

down to the car.

I don't have to go to Harvard

to become a writer.

Lizzie, what are you talking about?

At Harvard, you'll meet people.

You'll get contacts.

You'll get people to help you.

I know what I'm talking about, Lizzie.

I had my whole life ahead of me.

You don't want to go to Harvard?

Well, you just...

...wait until you have no choices left...

...where you've got nothing.

No one. No one

who cares about you.

- Then you see how you feel.

- Mom, I didn't say I wasn't going.

Dr. Isaacs warned me.

Mom, I said, I'm going.

He told me you'd isolate...

...stay in your room all day.

- I'm not isolating.

Okay, I'm not gonna isolate.

I want things to be different.


That's all you need, then.

That's what I've been talking about.

You'll see, Lizzie.

It'll be a whole other world up there.

Young, God, I was so young.

You be careful. When I think of it,

just a year older than you...

...and I was already a housewife.

God, I was so bored

I bought a monkey...

...just to have someone to talk to.

But then you came along.

Oh, my God.

Lizzie, Lizzie, it's so...


But you're on the fifth floor.

I know.

Well, how are we

gonna manage, huh?

I can do it, okay, Mom?

Don't worry about it.

- No, no, no.

- Hi.

May I be of assistance?

Could you? Oh, that's too kind.

My pleasure.

Ever since she

was in second grade...

...she was always writing.

The man has "good catch"

written all over his forehead.

Any minute now she'

gonna ask me to confirm it.


I've always helped my

mother pick up boyfriends.

The only one I never got a say in

was the one that mattered.

My dad.

Now, that's quality. That's a father.

Could you imagine your father?

We'd still be in Manhattan.

I told him you've already

had things published.

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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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