last night i was watching "drop dead fred" with my son, while being interrupted constantly by amber and her friends who were over (which was weird - there were 4 boys and 2 girls - the first time she's had boys over) and during the dinner scene where lizzie is holding a napkin over her face and stuff i thought, o wow, i didn't realize before, she has schizophrenia (not quite) - and then with all the commotion in the house we didn't finish the movie
so i put it on today, from about where it left off, and watching as an adult who works in healthcare, this film is actually quite amazing and i am really impressed by the guys who wrote it.
I always loved Drop Dead Fred as a kid. cause Mayall is HILARIOUS. but as a kid, i didn't realize that it was about lizzie having a mental breakdown. I just thought her imaginary friend legit came back and was running amok. cause that happens. and that her mom is mean. and her husband is a jerk. I didn't realize that her imaginary friend is a psychosis brought on by major stress and a history of abuse.
in the scene where lizzie says good-bye to fred, she has this dream sequence that is just like a technique i read about in the book neuro-linguistic programming for dummies (or brainwashing for dummies) that can be used for getting rid of bad dreams caused by PTSD or just about bad memories in general. you change aspects of the memory, or visualize a new but familiar scenario to confront the person/thing who caused trauma and then change them, change the outcome. you can make that person become tiny tiny till they disappear, or float away or something like that. confront it and change it from a safe place (like while being guided by a skilled therapist) and it will help to take you power back. control the memory. in that scene at the top of her stairs, she finds her self as a child (her inner child) taped into her bed (like how her mom had taped Fred), and she frees her and hugs her, Fred says "we have to go now" and only adult lizzie is on the bed. the movie was really about how her mom's psychological abuse had fucked her up, but she got over it. i'm actually really blown away and am mad at those critics who gave it such bad reviews when it came out just cause they thought it was vulgar/obnoxious. Rik Mayall was super talented and it actually was a great story. though mostly very sad, the implications for lizzie.