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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: crazy like a sane person

Thirty years on, one Oscar flick is more relevant than ever. From my review of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the Best Picture winner from 1975:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a parable for how our society refuses to tolerate nonconformity…. To me it sounds an awful lot like the current craze for Ritalin, Prozac, and other personality-altering drugs. Of course there are people who genuinely need these medications, but I think all too often they’re used for convenience’s sake only. A wildly curious child with a rebellious streak, an “overly imaginative” adult who daydreams — these people can be a lot of work for an elementary school teacher or an impatient spouse. So dope ’em up, the attitude seems to be, and we’ll all rest easier.

review of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, posted 02.23.99

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