Welcome to Me Was Not a Winner for Me
Welcome to Me
Directed by Shira Piven
Written by Eliot Laurence
I wasn’t having a great mental health day when I watched this film that attempts to find humor in a mental health crisis,* which made it hard to appreciate this story. Though it was packed with actors I’m always happy to see** and Kristen Wiig’s deadpan performance was exactly what the character needed, I think this movie is best left on the shelf. I suppose you could watch this for the set design, if you were into that.
The verdict: Skip
Cost: free via Kanopy, the Library’s streaming service.
Where watched: at home
Consider watching instead:
Interestingly, the National Alliance on Mental Illness lists Welcome to Me as a movie about mental illness that gets it right. Their other recommendations are:
- A Beautiful Mind
- Matchstick Men
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story
- Silver Linings Playbook
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- The Skeleton Twins (I love this film!)
- Infinity Polar Bear
- Inside Out (I also love this film!)
*It also had a layer of people taking advantage of a person experiencing a mental health crisis, so I suspect I wouldn’t have liked this even on my best mental health days. I’m not a fan of stories where a person’s weaknesses are exploited for someone else’s material gain.
**Kristen Wiig! Wes Bentley! Linda Cardellini! Joan Cusack! Loretta Devine! Jennifer Jason Leigh! I’m even happy to see James Marsden! Plus both Tim Robbins and Alan Tudyk were in this.
- What parts of Alice’s life rang true to you?
- What do you think is the best film that depicts an aspect of mental illness.
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
The actress playing Kristen Wiig’s mother is actually director Shira Piven’s mother.
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