Since mental illness can be a taboo subject, The Hive Society compiled a list of 7 movies highlighting mental illness to get the conversation started.
Infinitely Polar Bear
To Write Love on Her Arms
Chad Michael Murray is back and we didn’t realize we missed him until now. Imaginative young Renee Yohe, played by usual funny girl Kat Denning, dreams of a beautiful garden “but even the sun couldn’t outshine the gray.” Suffering from bipolar disorder, Renee stops taking her medicine which she calls “crazy pills” and turns to drugs after a Halloween party. Renee finally enters a rehabilitation center and soon after meets 2000s dream boat CMM who takes her to a music festival. Music has always an escape into her imagination, but will the festival make Renee relapse? Originally set to release May 11, 2015, now only says coming soon so keep your eyes. To Write Love on Her Arms shows how people with mental illness can thrive with supportive surroundings.
Released February 6 in select theaters, The Voices follows a schizophrenic factory worker named Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) who hears voices. Jerry seems like a timid guy living at home with his cat and dog. Well his cat turns him into a serial killer by advising him to kill, while his dog tries help Jerry live a normal life. Movies like this give cats a bad name. Rude. With a talking head of his female victim in the freezer, this horror/thriller is filled with dark humor as it shows the dark side of mental illness.
Welcome to Me
You’ve asked yourself what would happen if a mentally ill woman obsessed with Oprah won the lottery? I’ve asked myself the same question and thankfully the producers including Will Ferrell asked themselves the same question. Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wig gets awkward when the protagonist spends $15 million dollars to have her own talk show where she comes in on a swam boat. Awkward and hilarious describe seeing Kristen Wig eat meatloaf cafe stale face into the camera.
Joaquin Phoenix plays the legendary philosophy professor Abe Lucas with faculty and staff members ready to jump his bones. One of his student played by Emma Stone diagnoses Abe as suffering from “despair.” Somehow, his demeanor does a 180 and ABE IS HAPPY. No longer suffering from dizziness and anxiety, the sight of the rejuvenated Abe worries those closest to him.
Return to Sender
If you thought Rosamund Pike was crazy as Amy Elliott-Dunne in Gone Girl, just wait until her see her play a small town nurse who grows attached to the man who attacks and rapes her. This chick has full-on Stockholm syndrome and grows to live pain. Pike’s character aspires to be a surgical nurse and admires surgeons precision with a blade, cut to (pun intended) her in the bathtub purposefully cutting her legs with her razor.