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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Garden State

    Subject: Re: shallow critique of psychiatry
    Date: Jan 8, 2005
    Sender: LJMPrevious | Next

    what? did you not see the movie? the implication is that he never needed the drugs in the first place. you sound like a person who sees everything as a personal attack.

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    Response to this comment:
    shallow critique of psychiatry

    I understand that there is a perhaps justified backlash agains the overuse of psychiatric drugs, but as a person with two close family members that suffer from serious mental illnesses, I felt insulted by this film's treatment of the subject.

    First, it is ridiculous to suggest that someone who has been heavily medicated for over a decade can quit cold turkey, gradually start to "feel things" again, and have only headaches as a withdawal symptom. More likely severe withdrawal would put such a person in the hospital.

    Secondly, I was frustrated that the film did not acknowledge that mental illness exists, and instead suggested that coping is just a matter of facing up to your life and being willing to feel 'both happy and sad'. For those who are truly ill with schozophrenia or manic-depression or another serious mental illness, this will simply not work and such a pat critique of psychiatry is insulting.

    I also found myself groaning at the whole 'what is family' rumination (gee, so family is about the people??) and the awful 'screaming into the infinite abyss' scene. You have to admit that Braff lays it on a bit heavy.

    All this said, the movie does have some hilarious parts early on as well as good acting, so I was quite disappointed that it headed downhill so rapidly in the second half.






    Comment index:

  • shallow critique of psychiatry   from lmw, Aug 28, 2004
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from whatever, Aug 29, 2004
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from Dave, Sep 18, 2004
  • » Re: shallow critique of psychiatry «   from LJM, Jan 8, 2005
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from sharliell, Oct 30, 2006
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from MLE, Apr 17, 2005
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from camryn, May 5, 2005
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from stoic, Oct 25, 2005
  • SEE THIS MOVIE   from Katy, Aug 29, 2004
  • love   from anna, Jan 16, 2005
  • Genius.   from Christina, Jan 28, 2005
  • Re: Genius.   from Jorge, Jan 29, 2005
  • how great the movie Garden State was   from kayla cobb, Feb 16, 2005
  • FLIPPING AWESOME!!   from myka, Feb 23, 2005
  • after seeing this movie...   from Mary, Apr 7, 2005
  • [no subject]   from art-ery, Nov 27, 2005
  • shallow critique of psychiatry   from lmw, Aug 28, 2004
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from whatever, Aug 29, 2004
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from Dave, Sep 18, 2004
  • » Re: shallow critique of psychiatry «   from LJM, Jan 8, 2005
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from sharliell, Oct 30, 2006
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from MLE, Apr 17, 2005
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from camryn, May 5, 2005
  • Re: shallow critique of psychiatry   from stoic, Oct 25, 2005
  • SEE THIS MOVIE   from Katy, Aug 29, 2004
  • love   from anna, Jan 16, 2005
  • Genius.   from Christina, Jan 28, 2005
  • Re: Genius.   from Jorge, Jan 29, 2005
  • how great the movie Garden State was   from kayla cobb, Feb 16, 2005
  • FLIPPING AWESOME!!   from myka, Feb 23, 2005
  • after seeing this movie...   from Mary, Apr 7, 2005
  • [no subject]   from art-ery, Nov 27, 2005