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Manic (2001) [DVD] [2007]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Don Cheadle , Jordan Melamed    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Cheadle, Adrienne Rollo, Maggie Baird, Roxie Fuller
  • Directors: Jordan Melamed
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: In 2 Film
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P1KTI2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,643 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Lyle (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is committed to a juvenile mental institution after beating up a classmate. Inside, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents all in a similar situation to him, unable to deal with life. Psychiatrist Dave (Don Cheadle) is on hand to help Lyle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Escape Yourself 7 Oct 2006
'Manic' went largely unnoticed after its film festival run in 2001, and even after finally getting a DVD release in 2004, has still remained highly underrated to this day. To say the least, it's a remarkable achievement in my opinion. It's the most realistic portrayal of a youth psych ward that I have ever seen on film. 'Manic' revolves around a group of adolescents, roughly 12 to 17 year olds, who are locked up in a correctional facility in order to be 'fixed'. None of them are crazy per se, but they all seem to have serious emotional issues.

This film is brutally honest, raw, and yet at times inspiring. I have not seen another film tackle this subject in such an unflinching and realistic manner. There's no fabricated drama here for the sake of conforming to Hollywood standards. The sometimes shaky, nontraditional digital camera work, and the lack of a musical soundtrack, make this film feel more like a documentary and less like a cinematic feature.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is phenomenal as Lyle Jensen, an easily angered and confused teenager, who can't seem to contain his rage. Don Cheadle is equally effective as the Head Counselor struggling to make a difference in the lives of the troubled teens, and at the same time dealing with his own demons. Michael Bacall plays the bipolar Chad, Lyle's closest thing to a friend in the facility, who despite putting on a friendly front is deeply conflicted inside. Zooey Deschanel plays the beautiful and kind Tracy, who suffers from crushingly low self-esteem. Her accomplice in the hospital is wannabe tough-girl Sara, played by newcomer Sara Rivas, who despite being outspoken and never one to appear weak, acts as a nurturer and protector for Tracy. The villain of the cast goes hands down to Mike, played by Elden Henson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Film 17 Sep 2007
Manic is a film that many people will find shocking and disturbing. It deals with the sensitive subject of teenage mental illness, being set inside a psychiatric institute. There are excellent perfomances from the entire cast, Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Don Cheadle are simply outstanding. The movie is filmed using small hand-held cameras, that give you a "documentary" feel throughout the film. As someone who really is a manic depressive (bipolar), I found myself becoming strangely involved with Lyle, the central character, as he comes to terms with his situation. I should point out the film contains very strong language throughout. A superb film, and as it says on the box.. FEEL IT. FIGHT IT. LIVE IT.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable, From Sundance 26 Dec 2008
Have you ever been so mad at one point where you just felt like hurting someone? I'm sure at one point in your life you have, I think it's quite normal for human beings to feel this way from time to time. This movie is about Lyle Jensen(played by one of my favorite actors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who gets committed to a juvenile wing of a mental institution after he beats a kid with a baseball bat during a game. Apparently the victim would always pick on Lyle and would never leave him alone, of course not so much anymore after Lyle had beat him up with a baseball bat. Inside the juvenile center we meet another group of troubled and angry teens with similar problems as Lyle, and It just so happens that Lyle even meets a girl that he might actually be interested in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally mindblowing 8 Feb 2010
Being a gigantic Joseph Gordon Levitt fan I was intrigued as to how he would adapt himself to a role of a deranged teenager forced into a mental institute by his mother, (despite his actions being a result of years of torment and physical /mental abuse). And yet he was totally brilliant, even I could believe his anger and frustration which he delivers in his own brilliant way.

Was totally in awe of the performances of all of the characters in this movie, and how each had their own personal past, filled with fears and anxities which they reveal in small portions throughout the movie. This movie is a real eye-opener, but is totally believable and another yet another notch in Mr Levitt's belt.
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