Manic (2003)

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: January 1, 2004 - Spring 2003

Current rating: Rating: 4.66
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Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Cheadle, Michael Bacall, Zooey Deschanel, Cody Lightning, Sara Rivas, Blayne Weaver, Elden Henson


Lyle Jensen (Gordon-Levitt) is filled with rage. A rage that by age 17 has begun to manifest itself in explosive violence. After an intense fight with a classmate, Lyle finds himself committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution.

And so begins a journey filled with a menagerie of fascinating characters and provocative situations that lead Lyle down paths of self-exploration towards a quest for meaning in life.

Upon his arrival in Northwood Mental Institution, Lyle finds himself forced to deal with other patients in frequent group therapy situations: Chad (Bacall), a 17 year old with a bi-polar personality disorder, a regular at the institution and soon to be Lyle’s best friend.

Tracey (Deschanel), a haunted, quiet, 16-year-old beauty that Lyle is instantly attracted to. Sara (Rivas), a rebellious, intelligent, recovering drug addict who has taken Tracey under her wing and voices her opinion freely and vocally.

Michael (Henson) , Lyle’s instant nemesis, a white kid who thinks he's black, a compulsive liar, and a recovering drug addict. And 12-year-old Kenny (Lightning), who Lyle identifies with instantly. At the head of the round table is a staff psychiatrist faced with the task of bringing order and peace to this challenging group of teens.

Director: Jordan Melamed
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Trudi Callon, Kirk Hassig
Screenplay: Michael Bacall, Blayne Weaver
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