Cinema: Girl, Interrupted

STARRING: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie DIRECTOR: James Mangold OPENS: Dec. 21 in N.Y.C. and L.A.; wide Jan. 14

Sometime in the '60s, Susanna Kaysen was placed in an upscale psychiatric hospital. It appears from Girl, Interrupted, the book she wrote about the experience a couple of decades later, that she might have fared just as well as an outpatient. It appears from the movie version that we would have fared just as well if Hollywood had regarded the book as unadaptable.

It's not that director (and final-draft writer) James Mangold has botched the job. It's just that he made something...

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