4:27 pm - 02/24/2013

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos is not impressed with Silver Linings Playbook

Ahead of Silver Linings Playbook's big night at The Oscars, Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos - who has been living with bipolar disorder all his life - isn't all too pleased with the film's portrayal of mental illness.

Despite his misgivings of the topic in the film, he concedes that it's better for it to be discussed, rather than not at all:

a few more items about this @his twitter
I liked SLP a lot, but he he's obviously entitled to his opinion and I respect him so much for what he's been through <3
xlightningboltx 24th-Feb-2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
ia. the mental illness was in no way a plot device (argument could be made for De Niro's OCD)
chimbleysweep 24th-Feb-2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
OCD is only ever a plot device or something for laughs.

It makes me furiously angry.
xlightningboltx 24th-Feb-2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
so true. De Niro works it, but still side-eye worthy
chimbleysweep 24th-Feb-2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the actors do what they can.

Having not seen his portrayal, I can't comment on it specifically, anyway. But if they gave it more weight than usual, that's a relatively good thing.
sweet_honesty 24th-Feb-2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Really? Because at some points, I felt so bad for his character. There were moments that showed struggle in a very sad way.
chimbleysweep 24th-Feb-2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I can't say anything specifically about SLP (I haven't seen it). I was just stating that in general, OCD is misused more than it is ever done right. With Monk, As Good as it Gets, etc.

The struggle is mental. Entirely mental. It's the inability to control the thoughts in your head. But most of what people think of as OCD is like perfectionism, anal-retentiveness, or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Because that's what Hollywood frequently does with it.

I've had OCD for about twenty years and it's been soul-destroying more than anything else.
starzangelus 24th-Feb-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
It pisses me off, too.

It is not funny to have the same thoughts over and over in your head and you can't stop them.

But hey, let's laugh at the people with the rituals because it's ridiculous and funny. HAHA
redsprings 24th-Feb-2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
It wasn't used for laughs in SLP...
_malapropism 25th-Feb-2013 12:30 am (UTC)
____jonas 25th-Feb-2013 12:52 am (UTC)
Have you ever seen The Aviator? It's the only movie I've seen that's accurately portrayed OCD (to the point where I actually had to turn it off).

But in general, I just refuse to watch anything with OCD in it, because it's always so poorly done.
bellwetherr 25th-Feb-2013 01:21 am (UTC)
i thought it was insanely well done in phoebe in wonderland
megan_s_song 24th-Feb-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
For me, it was more to show that every one in his family was struggling with something, not that he's just the oddball. It also helps to hint towards how his family never acknowledged his illness before.
laurie_springs 25th-Feb-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
slurp 25th-Feb-2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
In a way but I think it showed the influence of nature and nurture on mental illness too. And how his father didn't "need" treatment because he had all these rituals, but the son's mental illness was being "crazy". Like he (the father) wanted to believe they were so different but they really weren't. And the blow-up at the end shows how much these rituals comes from pain and anxiety and not just quirkiness *shrug*
xlightningboltx 25th-Feb-2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
I like this explanation :)
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