Darren and Rob’s Movie Challenge Week #17 – Rob’s Challenge – Manic (2001)


Darren and Rob'sBeing that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.

The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed) Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites. Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists

For my review this week, here are my thoughts on…..

image“This place sucks ass! ” – Lyle

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24  Sep 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After a teenager is admitted to a rehab center for troubled teens, he is exposed to other teens that also have had difficult lives.

My Take on it – This is yet another movie chosen by Darren for me that I had never even heard of before and had no idea what was in store for me when watching this.

Ultimately, this movie actually feels like it is based on real events because it can be so hard hitting and impactful in many of its portrayals of the characters and their problems whether they were brought on by “chemical imbalances” or by different kinds of abuse that they suffered.

THis movie has a documentary feel to it which also helps it feel even more real or “true”.

I think Director Jordan Melamed did a  great job making us believe that this is a true story and that it deals with issues that need to be addressed more in society.

The three main actors in this movie all do great jobs making us feel that they are portraying real people.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel and Don Cheadle make us want to find a way to reach out into the screen to help these troubled teens.

Bottom Line – This feels like a very realistic portrayal of teens with different kinds of problems brought on by abuse or “chemical inbalances”.  The documentary feel for the way it is filmed makes it feel even more impactful. Gordon-Levitt, Cheadle and Deschanel are all great. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Most of the extras in the movie were teenagers that had actually been in hospitals to treat depression. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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