Directed by: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Written by: Elizabeth Wurtzel (novel), Galt Niederhoffer (adaptation), Frank Deasy (screenplay), Larry Gross (screenplay)
Other cast: Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Anne Heche, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica Lange
Release date: March 19, 2005 (Starz Movie Channel)
Running time: 95 mins
Elizabeth, a prize-winning student, is headed for a prestigious college. As she's packing to leave, her mother harangues her about her choice of school, establishing the modus operandi for what will prove to be the turbulent core of their relationship: an ongoing game of emotional extortion. When Elizabeth arrives at university, she quickly befriends her roommate Ruby and almost immediately recreates the same powder keg she has just left behind. The situation is exacerbated by her visits to a rather suspicious psychiatrist. Matters deteriorate further when Elizabeth runs into her father and when she decides that her most recent boyfriend Rafe represents deliverance. Her only choice, ultimately, is Prozac--the wonder drug of the nineties. However, before long, Elizabeth is wondering whether the drug is really helping her--or running her life.
Michelle: “It’s a rotten time to be a girl right now, and the media makes it harder. Every girl who read that book is waiting for the movie. For me, the struggle for health–for mental health–is what makes it so compelling.”
• Anne Heche directed a segment of If These Walls Could Talk 2. Michelle starred in a different segment of the same movie.
• Michelle previously co-starred with Jessica Lange in A Thousand Acres.