Depression at the Movies

Amanda Page | April 16, 2012

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Robert Redford directed this film in 1980 starring a young Timothy Hutton as a character attempting to deal with grief, guilt, and despair over the loss of his older brother. What was the name of this movie?
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Ordinary People. Timothy Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore, and Donald Sutherland star in this movie about how depression can affect an entire family. Judd Hirsch is magnificent in his role of a therapist who attempts to show Conrad (played by Timothy Hutton) that life is still worth living even after a devastating loss.

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  1. Robert Redford directed this film in 1980 starring a young Timothy Hutton as a character attempting to deal with grief, guilt, and despair over the loss of his older brother. What was the name of this movie?

    Correct Answer: Ordinary People

    Ordinary People. Timothy Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore, and Donald Sutherland star in this movie about how depression can affect an entire family. Judd Hirsch is magnificent in his role of a therapist who attempts to show Conrad (played by Timothy Hutton) that life is still worth living even after a devastating loss.

  2. This film's writer, director, and main actor are one in the same.In this film the character of Andrew Largeman confronts life after his mother's death without the use of anti-depressants, much to his psychiatrist father's dismay. Andrew makes a pilgrimage to his hometown and discovers the myriad of feelings which had been previously been numbed by medication.What is the name of this movie?

    Correct Answer: Garden State

    Garden State. Zach Braff wrote, directed, and starred in Garden State (2004).You are probably familiar with seeing Braff on the hit television comedy, Scrubs. Garden State, which is categorized as a romantic comedy also stars Natalie Portman. Portman plays the character of Sam who helps Andrew (Zach Braff) to rise out of his numbed existence and embrace both the pain and joy inherent in life.

  3. Susanna Kaysen's memoir about living within the confines of a mental institution was the basis for this 1999 movie.What is the name of this film?

    Correct Answer: Girl Interrupted

    Girl Interrupted. Susanna is played in this movie by Winona Ryder who voluntarily commits herself to a psychiatric hospital for 18 months after a failed suicide attempt. There she meets other troubled women including a charming sociopath played by Angelina Jolie. This film, while not as intensely felt as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, is still a poignant portrayal of one person's fight for sanity and freedom.

  4. The following movie puts the "fun" in dysfunctional depicting the journey of a family whose character descriptions include an unsuccessful motivational speaker, a suicidal gay expert of Proust, a silent but fanatical follower of Nietzsche, a drug addicted grandfather, a disgruntled housewife, and a chubby talent show competitor.

    Correct Answer: Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine. Olive (Abigail Breslin), a seven year old beauty pageant contestant, leads her very dysfunctional family on road trip to follow her dreams to become the next Little Miss Sunshine. They embark on their mission taking their beat up old VW bus and while encountering many obstacles along the way, they finally come together for the common purpose of love and family.

  5. Which movie depicts the unlikely friendship between a rich but purposeless bachelor and a twelve year old boy dealing with his mother's depression and suicidal tendencies?

    Correct Answer: About a Boy

    Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult star in this 2002 movie illustrating the bond between two opposite personality types who are each lonely in their own way. Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) and Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) meet when Freeman decides to join a single parent's group, inventing an imaginary son, in order to get dates. Freeman meets Marcus when he sets up a mostly unsuccessful date with his mother but soon after Freeman finds himself embroiled in the life of this socially awkward boy. Together they battle their individual demons through their sometimes caustic but caring relationship.