A young woman struggles with an anxiety disorder after dropping out of school.
A young woman struggles with an anxiety disorder after dropping out of school.
AFI 2020: film #6
"oh my god, i haven’t seen you since 12th grade, how are you?"
"well i’m in this panic disorder group so... not good"
it brings me no joy to write these words, but this was distractingly bad. every other line of dialogue is jarring and out of place as it lunges awkwardly back and forth from a slapstick comedy to a melodramatic personal piece. the lead character is a mix between lady bird and enid from ghost world, but completely lacks depth and consistency from scene to scene. it feels like a student film stretched like taffy on one of those weird pulley machines at the state fair, the writing being pushed to the absolute limit…
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This is a difficult film to get right because you have to nail a few things. Is this “Comedy-centric” movie funny? Not every joke lands, but it does an impressive job at providing a nice balance of brash and subtle humor. The “fork” jab has to be the best line in the movie. Does the film have heart? My answer is absolutely, as it ends up being a film dealing with important themes. Jessica Barden’s Winona is dealing with serious anxiety, and that is something that can lead to a panic attack. I know this first-hand because my wife takes medicine for her anxiety, and she has been dealing with this for…
(brittany murphy voice) you're a valley girl with anxiety who can't drive
AFI Fest 2020: Movie #8
"Have you been inspired lately?"
Personal filmmaking is often the most powerful, though sometimes in translating our experiences onto the page, their significance gets lost entirely. The most intimate, transformative experiences of our lives can read as something so minuscule that the audience wonders why it's there at all. I make no assumptions about Kelly Oxford's personal life, but Pink Skies Ahead feels like that exact scenario. I'm happy for those who connected with this, but I didn't click with any part of it. There's hardly a plot here. The anxiety "storyline" wasn't a storyline at all, and was rather just another concept haphazardly mentioned and poorly connected to what we had actually been watching…
i suffer from panic attacks & anxiety and it’s so lovely to see an authentic and genuine portrayal of it on screen! this is clearly personal to oxford and i commend her for confronting it in such a vulnerable way. jessica barden is a fucking revelation. loved & needed this!
p.s: MY rodrick.
as a *cinephile* i kind of hated this but as a person with a panic disorder i kind of loved this ya know?
I believe that everybody suffers from some sort of anxiety at some point in their lives even if their not fully aware of it. I suffer from it and at times I have no idea why and what I love about this film is how well it understands that and how authentically it portrays it. I found this to be such a realistic, respectful and deeply relatable film in that regard.
Jessica Barden is stunning as Winona, she delivers one of my favorite performances of the entire year and she's bound to be a star after this. Her character might not be easiest to sympathize with at the start for some but it does a great job at putting you…
this movie made me feel seen
Pink Skies Ahead tells the story of a 20-year-old California girl trying to figure out her life. It acheives its goal of capturing a pivotal moment in a girl's life as she struggles with her mental health. I think the topic of mental health was approached really well in this film and shows how anxiety can manifest in different ways. I also think it did a good job depicting how lots of young people struggle to find the right path for them in life. I found this aspect to be relatable. I thought the story was enjoyable for the most part.
With that being said, my main issue with this film is the acting. It could just be the fact…
This is a movie that suffers badly from “main character syndrome”. By that I mean that every single character outside of the main one feels like they exist only when the main character (Jessica Barden) is around, that they have no inner lives, no personality, no thoughts or feelings or behaviors outside of when they’re on screen with the main character. It’s glaringly obvious how thin and one-dimensional every single character is aside from the protagonist and the second I started thinking about it I became so distracted by it that every scene took concentrated effort to try and focus on what was even happening in the story. Whatever story there actually is, that is, which is pretty thin on…
For the NYT:
A blue-haired ball of manic energy, the 20-year-old Winona (Jessica Barden) has dropped out of school and moved back home with her parents. In a crucial time for finding autonomy, Winona is stunted. She cannot, for the life of her, pass her driving test. Even though she has outgrown her longtime pediatrician (Henry Winkler), Winona still sees him and he tells her she has an anxiety disorder — a label she immediately rejects. She carries on with her life: partying, getting high, gorging on candy and dating. She meets a strait-laced Ph.D. student and things seem to go on track. But as can be expected, her life hurtles toward a crash.
“Pink Skies Ahead” is set in…
<3 jessy barden
hit a bit too close to home with this one
I have NEVER seen a piece of media that has acknowledged that panic attacks can last for hours at a time. NEVER.
This movie is getting unfairly maligned imho. The film twitter/letterboxd fame complex brain rot is SO present in the lack of ability to distinguish between “This movie wasn’t for me” and “this is a bad movie.” Anyways, do you guys love jessica barden I love jessica barden I think she’s neat
“And because it feels the most comfortable… I’ll keep believing that I’ll get to where I belong…”
“Did you guess I was gonna be a crier?”
I'm glad I booked a therapy appointment a couple days ago and I want to dye my hair blue again. I've never seen such an accurate portrayal of a panic attack ever in a movie. Bless you so much Kelly Oxford.
I’ve been in a funk in just my general life lately and this movie put that into perspective. I related to Winona from her basic problems like being unable to drive and feeling like you don’t want to do anything. And even though I didn’t relate to the anxiety, I felt like I did because of how damn well the movie portrayed it. The sound design, the blurry visuals, Jessica Barden’s acting, I felt like I experienced it directly and that’s a feeling I won’t forget easily. Pink Skies Ahead helped me to fortify ideas in my mind and make me feel more organized and helped me to understand my problems a lot better.
i haven’t cried to a movie in forever so this was such a good pick. i absolutely adore jessica barden and her acting in this was awesome. i didn’t even mind she didn’t have her accent. i really like this movie because i kind of relate to it and it was just kind of special to me. also winona is def on my kin list. i also really wanna dye my hair blue now. sorry for the long review, i liked this movie.
Felt like it was trying too hard sometimes but overall it's kind of a comfort watch.
winona…. omg she is literally me… no but seriously…
i’ve struggled with anxiety almost my whole life and i think this is the first time i’ve seen such a great portrayal of anxiety on film, it made me feel so seen. the panic attack scene was so incredibly done, so good that i could feel her pain through the screen, it’s like it was happening to me.
jessica barden is a star.
GREAT SOUNDTRACK BY THE WAY.
"Its fine to ask the tough questions, i just wasn't expecting it. I needed more corgi time."
Important films come in all shapes and sizes. Some are important because they are powerful, others because they are exceptionally well made, and still others because their cast is lined with more stars than the night sky.
Pink Skies Ahead is not powerful, nor is it exquisitely shot, and unfortunately the biggest name involved may just be Henry Winkler of Fonzie fame. Pink Skies Ahead is still a very important film.
This is a film that takes the topic of anxiety, one that is often overlooked and rarely fully understood, and shines a very accurate light towards it. The film allows us to…
Hot girls with anxiety disorders smoke joints in their bedroom
Winona’s speech to Ben is so great 🥺
“Fuck your PhD!”
Anyone saying this isn’t good clearly hasn’t suffered through how her anxiety manifests.
“I don’t want fucking soup. I want my mind to come back!”
I loved this. Send tweet.
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