by: Susanna Kaysen
I saw the movie first and it compelled me to read the book. I liked the movie, it was entertaining. The acting was delicious. Winona Ryder played the intrepid heroine Susanna; Angelina Jolie gave a brilliant performance as Lisa, sociopathic and proud of it, at least most of the time. Though she was a secondary character there were times when Jolie stole the show. To round out the cast there was a pre anorexic looking Brittany Murphy as Daisy, a girl with an obsession for chicken and Whoopie Goldberg as one of the nurses, sort of a version of the character she played on Star Trek, always knowing just what to say and when to say it, knowing when to NOT say anything at all. The most notable difference being that the odd hats she wore for Star Trek were replaced with a tasteful afro and a sporty headband. As usual, the book was better though it didn’t diminish the movie in any way, I recommend both.