Reviews of Movies Dealing with Mental Health

Hello hello lovely Jumbos!

Finals are over! Yippee!! I hope you all are enjoying some well-deserved rest, relaxation, and delicious food.  Now that you have some free time, it is the perfect time to binge watch Netflix. Below are summaries/reviews of a handful of movies dealing with mental health.

1.Benny & Joon

This is one of my all-time favorite movies.  It’s sweet, funny, endearing, and occasionally intense.  And most importantly, it never makes the main character’s mental illness a punchline, but something we slowly come to understand and appreciate as part of her.  Also, Johnny Depp is at his zany best.

Trigger Warning: anxiety, ocd, mental illness

2. Fight Club

This movie is critically acclaimed and enjoyed by those interested in mental illness and those who aren’t.  It stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton and takes you on a wild, vaguely-dystopian ride through the main character’s manic life.  Just be aware that this is a darker movie at times, and very mature.

Trigger Warning: violence, disassociation

3. Silver Linings Playbook

This movie pairs Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and even scored JLaw an Oscar win.  It is chock-full of dark humor and is a very real and irreverent look at mental illness and the messiness of relationships.  Most definitely worth a watch.

Trigger Warning: unspecified mental illness, death, sex

4. Perks of Being a Wallflower

Based on the wildly popular young-adult book, Perks of Being a Wallflower is a frank and boiled down look at what it’s like to be a teenager, particularly when dealing with mental illness.  The movie explores the complexities of romantic, platonic, and familial relationships, and has a killer dance sequence.

Trigger Warning: suicide, self harm, sexual assault

5. Inside Out

One of the most successful movies of this year, Inside Out is an adorable, animated look at how emotions rule the body, particularly in teenagers during puberty.  This movie is funny, sweet, and honestly kind of enlightening.

Trigger Warning: none


“The problem with the stigma around mental health is really about the stories we tell ourselves as a society. What is normal? That is just a story that we tell ourselves.” –Matthew Quick

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