A review of this — 4 years ago
“Girl, Interrupted” is based on the biography of Susanna Kaysen which was a best seller in the 1990s. James Mangold did a fantastic job of translating the book into a screenplay. He said the translation seemed impossible until he conceived of the book in terms of The Wizard of Oz. Susanna Kaysen (Wynona Ryder) is Dorothy, Lisa (Angelina Jolie) is the Wicked Witch, the nurse played by Whoopi Goldberg is the good witch and the Mental Institution is Oz. The metaphor works beautifully and Wynona Ryder and Angelina Jolie are fantastic!