Summary: The movie is based on author Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month long stay in a mental hospital during the 1960s. Winona Ryder plays the lead role, a troubled girl who lands in the hospital as the result of a suicide attempt. Once there, she meets a group of troubled women in similar situations, including a pathological liar and a burn victim. It is Lisa (Jolie), however, the craziest of the bunch, that captures Susanna's attention and the two form a rivalry and friendship. Jolie won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this portrayal.
Review: Jolie definitely deserved the Oscar for this performance. With long blonde hair and a crazed smile on her face throughout, it was difficult to believe that she was not truly insane. Overall, the movie is a nice mixture of humor and sentimentality. Whoopi Goldberg, who plays the head nurse, should have stuck to these sort of dramatic roles as opposed to starring in her own awful sitcom. Slight digression aside, any film about a mental institute can be disturbing to watch at times, but the female stars of this one - which include a young Brittany Murphy - are all impressive. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions that you will be glad you took.