Let’s Talk About Mental Illness in the Movies

Screenshots from Me, Myself, and Irene; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; A Beautiful Mind; and Silver Linings Playbook

Mental illness in the movies is about as mixed a bag as you can get. Portrayals range from surprisingly accurate, as in Silver Linings Playbook, to horribly offensive, as in Me, Myself & Irene. But does it matter? Well, when you consider that an academic study showed that 90% of community college students surveyed learned about mental illness primarily through movies, yes, it makes a huge difference.

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