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I hate to dislike something just because it is not politically correct, especially fiction, but really, what if someone in a position to make decisions bases one of them from this film? It happens often in this day and age of lazy authority. Any teacher, parent or person in a similar position handling a teenager with schizoaffective disorder using this movie as a reference to attempt insight or even empathy to someone in their lives, will have events turn out poorly. I would have loved for any delusional manifestation to be 3 fully fleshed out characters with interesting personalities that give me friendly advice and assurance that they are here to protect me. That is how the main character is affected by his illness, he has 3 great imaginary friends and one omnipotent evil voice that suggests people don't like him, this is Hollywood confusing schizophrenia with Dissociative identity disorder, like they always do, and describing a what would be a terrible hellscape of perceived dangers and warnings in a watered down and family friendly way. So much of this movie masquerades as a guide to dealing with this disorder and it's just plain harmful, the main character at one point lists a number of specific REAL medications that don't work, and takes a new experimental medication that suddenly does work. So without touching on how hard it is to be correctly diagnosed in an age of incompetent doctors, it also skips over how incredibly expensive these medications are. Nothing the character struggles with seems to be anything schizophrenics actually have problems with, his illness is just a plot device, an obstacle to overcome so he can have a girlfriend and be a chef. Despite the character repeating he will never overcome this, spoiler alert, he does, he cures it with bravery and what i can only describe as "high school love". The lesson was "Just be brave, take your pills and find a girlfriend." Ok sure, i understand that Thor wanted to make a teen romance movie as some kind of growing process in his usual work, so if i ignore all the terrible depictions and assumptions about his illness, maybe it's an ok movie. Nope it isn't, it's terrible. The main character is highly unlikable, so is his love interest, their personalities go beyond broody teenagers and enters into unreasonable and unpleasant, which seems out of place since most of the conversations are reasonable and arguments have nearly instant resolutions. This movie would have been an ok feel good mediocre story- if it didn't name schizophrenia specifically and proceed to handle it in an unrealistic and, quite frankly, harmful way, there are too many examples to list here. BUT Among them are; Medication working instantly as if in the Matrix (seriously imagined this way), Assumptions and extreme privilege in regards to healthcare and medication, Conveniently placed homeless people to provide context, Delusions being fully independent and interesting characters (more so than the REAL characters) , said characters being helpful as if they were just magical companions like E.T. and so on. The illness is romanticized and from other reviews seems to have inspired so many people to want to understand and help, and by helping they condone this garbage. Where was all the empathy and praise for this kind of thing when i was a teenager? I have found out that no one making this movie consulted anyone with the disorder at all, and it shows. This movie was offensively inaccurate and terrible, and if you ignore inaccuracies for the sake of "movie time", it's still bad. I hear the book is better, well i hope so, maybe people (including me) can look into that instead of this disaster. On a lighter note; Molly Parker, Andy Garcia, Walton Goggins and Annasophia Robb give great performances, most of the acting is well done, and the script would have been fine without the main plot, it moves in a formulaic way that makes sense and characters have depth albeit that they are terrible people.
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
This movie kept getting recommended to me. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2016 and have been struggling with it for the past 6 years and i think this movie did a pretty decent job at explaining and showing some of the everyday struggles a person of the sort goes through. Overall, it’s just a great movie.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
In the 90s, teen romances helped teenagers to identify with the "weirdo" "nerd" and odd man out, the "loner", and helped a generation of young people feel comfortable with individuality coming out of times that stressed group cultural identities, and belonging to a community. This movie instead tackled the topic of mental illness, which has been addressed so thoughtfully by the millennial generation, though they often are shamed for it. I wish this type of movie came out years before to instill in all of us a sense of compassion for those going through mental illness, and the way that it can be wholly isolating for an individual. Leaving its cultural impact aside, the story was well written, and excelled at showing it's characters in the most humane light. The young actors also did an absolutely stunning job of bringing their characters struggles to the forefront for us audiences to feel and identify with. We need more movies like this, that explore the deeply human internal battles that we all unknowingly share.
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
From the moment I saw the trailer I became a fan and I am never one for love stories. I have never seen such a movie that touched on mental health topics so well. Very well written and the acting was great.
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2020
This year I had the pleasure of reading the book before the movie came out and I must say, although the book was a great read, this movie outshined the written story. Of course, there are some key elements that changed for theatrical purposes, but not too much. The book did not make me smile and cry in the same way as the movie did, so for me, it's one of those rare instances when the movie outdid the book! And the soundtrack was something I enjoyed as well!
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2020
Seriously good movie. Charlie Plummer is awesome. Had no clue who he was but had to look him up. This made me think differently about mental illness and what the person going through it deals with. Granted I recognize that it's easy to sympathize with an attractive actor in a neatly written package but it's something. Tear jerker for sure but there's light in this film.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2020
The book was better, we see a more character development and really go on this journey with Adam as he grows and learns that his illness can't fully control him. Adams and Maya's relationship in the book was also far better we connect with them and since they are teenagers they do some risky stuff but we see how their love blooms which make you root for them unlike in the movie where we get one ok scene of real emotion. Also I'm just going to shay it Paul was a real jerk in the movie when he was actually completely different in the book, so ya they had quite a few liberties with these characters and they excluded a lot of awesome people from the book. I'm just saying if you liked the movie read the BOOOK. Or listen to it on audible the reader did such a good job portraying Adam. Well that was my two cents, take everything I saw with a grain of salt as I am but a humble reader and opinions are subjective.