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Side Effects (2013)

Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vinessa Shaw, Andrea Bogart, David Costabile, Polly Draper
William Styron | alipazone | Ablixa | amobarbital | Amytal | bupropion | Wellbutrin | chlorpromazine | Thorazine | citalopram | Celexa | divalproex | Depakote | fluoxetine | Prozac | mixed amphetamine salts | Adderall | olanzapine | Zyprexa | paroxetine | Paxil | serotonin | sertraline | Zoloft | venlafaxine | Effexor | Delatrex
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Convict Martin tells his wife Emily a “social worker came by.” (0:04)

Emily deliberately drives her car into a cinder block wall. Suicide attempt? (0:07)

Psychiatrist Jonathan tells a policeman, referring to Haitian patient Augustin, “He saw his dead father driving the taxi.”
Policeman: “He’s nuts.”
Jonathan: “No. It’s grief. Just grief painting pictures in his brain.”
A nurse tells Jonathan, “MVA in bed eight, with minor head trauma, in need of a consult.”
Emily tells Jonathan, “They said I might have a concussion...”
Jonathan: “I’m a psychiatrist, Miss Taylor... Did you try to hurt yourself this morning? Do you still want to try and hurt yourself?”
Emily: “Okay, what if... your wife is in a mental hospital?”
Jonathan: “I think you may have tried to hurt yourself this morning.”
Emily: “I was in therapy once before...” (0:09)

Jonathan tells Martin and Martin's mother Martha, “I want to start her on this. It’s called an SSRI. It affects the neurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin.” (0:12)

Her boss tells Emily, “I had better luck with Celexa.” (0:14)

Emily in session with Jonathan: “You said you felt depressed before.” (0:14)

Psychiatrist Victoria’s nametag: “New frontiers in ADHD
Jonathan tells her, referring to his patient Emily, “She said you tried her on medication.”
Victoria: “Wellbutrin, Prozac, Effexor.”
Jonathan: “I’m putting her on Zoloft...”
Victoria: “I put her on Ablixa... Here, have an Ablixa pen... I would have prescribed it after she miscarried.” (0:16)

Bottle labeled Zoloft. (0:18)

Her friend Kayla tells Emily, “I was so depressed... my doctor prescribed something called Effexor... It really helped.” (0:21)

Ad: “Is depression weighing you down? Ask your doctor about Ablixa today...” (0:22)

Jonathan’s wife Dierdre tells him, “Ah, the advantages of having a husband who can write prescriptions.”
Jonathan: “It’s a beta blocker.” (0:23)

Jonathan tells Emily, “But the hopelessness you’re feeling is a symptom... A psychologist once said depression is an inability to construct a future.”
Emily: “I can’t take the Zoloft any more.” (0:25)

A pharmacist asks Emily, “Have you taken Ablixa before?”
“Some of the side effects may include... insomnia...” (0:26)

Jonathan’s partner tells the others, “It was crazy... What did Pfizer have to pay... Lilly paid over a billion to settle the Zyprexa thing?”
Drug rep: “We’re starting a trial for our new anti-anxiety drug Delatrex.” (0:27)

Martin tells Emily, “Whoever makes this drug is going to be... rich.” (0:30)

Martin asks Jonathan, “Can’t she stop taking drugs?”
Jonathan: “There are still a lot of SSRIs, SNRIs.”
“Other medications we add to the Ablixa... designed to deal with sleep walking while the Ablixa helps you get a handle on your depression.” (0:31)

Jonathan tells a patient, “There are other medications beside Delatrex...” (0:33)

Emily looks at an Ablixa tablet in her hand then swallows it. (0:34)

Emily tells a detective, “That’s all I remember.” (0:38)

A detective asks Jonathan, referring to Emily: “She was taking these for depression, right?”
Jonathan: “She walks in her sleep. That’s maybe why she doesn’t remember anything. It’s a side effect of this medication.”
Prosecutor: “And before you... tell me about some kind of patient-doctor confidentiality thing,...”
“In which case you’re the target of a big civil suit.” (0:39)

Emily tells Jonathan, “They want me to take another pill to help me sleep.” (0:41)

Victoria tells Jonathan, “You said she has no memory, no criminal intent.” (0:42)

Emily at memorial service for Martin. (0:44)

Martha, on a television talk show: “For what a drug made her do.”
“We’ve invited a representative from Sadler-Benelux, the makers of Ablixa... Dr. Peter Joubert, in fact, a Manhattan psychiatrist who specializes in anti-depression drugs like Ablixa... dangers of these side effects.“
Peter: “... the FDA... asked that anti-depressants come with a black box warning... increased risk of suicidality...” (0:46)

Jonathan tells reporters, “She’s my patient.” (0:47)

Jonathan tells investigator Jeffrey, “Where I come from, if anyone goes to see a psychiatrist or takes medication the assumption is they’re sick.”
Jeffrey: “You first came in contact with Miss Taylor after a suicide attempt.”
Jonathan: “She described her suicide attempt as a mistake.”
Jeffrey: “And you said you’re doing pharmaceutical consulting.”
“So... more stress.” (0:49)

Jonathan tells his wife Dierdre, “I’m just an expert witness. Like I was on that case with the kid from Uganda who couldn’t stop stealing stuff.” (0:51)

Jonathan, on the witness stand, explains criminal intent: “If that part of you doesn’t exist, then,... you just respond instinctively...” (0:52)

The prosecutor tells the judge, “State agrees to an NGRI.”
Jonathan tells Emily, “NGRI means not guilty for reasons of insanity.”
Emily’s attorney tells her, “You'll be moved to Wards Island forensic psychiatric center...”
Emily: “I’m not crazy. You know I’m not crazy.”
Jonathan: “It may help to have you examined by another psychiatrist.”
Emily: “It was the Ablixa. You told me I should stay on the Ablixa.”
Attorney: “Emily, if you take this plea, as soon as a psychiatrist says that you’re ready we’ll apply for your release.”
“An NGRI defense is only successful 1% of the time...” (0:53)

Jonathan tells his partners, “Nobody here has had a client react to a side effect.”
“She’s taking an NGRI.” (0:55)

Jonathan tells Dierdre that his former patient “called the suicide line every other night. She was a paranoid schizophrenic and a drug addict.”
”She stalked me.”
“Their daughter committed suicide... emotional transference between a patient and a therapist.” (0:57)

Jonathan sees an Ablixa ad: “Depression can take away your energy...”
He views titles of studies associating Ablixa with “Acute Parasomnias.” (0:58)

Jonathan asks Victoria, “Why didn’t you tell me about the sleep walking?”
Victoria: “And you kept her on the Ablixa.” (1:01)

Emily’s boss asks Jonathan, “Who wouldn’t be depressed?... I’ve suffered from my own depression...”
”It’s William Styron.”
Styron’s “Darkness Visible” lies on a table next to a blister pack of Delatrex. (1:02)

Deirdre asks Jonathan, “What is all this, the Delatrex thing?”
Jonathan: “There is no Julia at work who takes Ablixa.” (1:04)

Emily tells Jonathan, “I’ve been doing a lot of running to... stimulate serotonin.”
“I’m sure a lot of depressed people have felt that way before.” (1:04)

The drug rep tells Jonathan, “You know the funny thing is, with Sadler-Benelux in the toilet...“
“The guys down on Wall Street are cashing in because of what happened with Ablixa.” (1:07)

Jonathan tells Dierdre, “See what happened at Sadler-Benelux... Ablixa was her idea!”
Dierdre: “But you prescribed it.”
“The Delatrex thing is over.”
Dierdre: “The Delatrex thing is now gone.” (1:08)

Jonathan tells Emily, “Sodium Amytal gives us a window...”
Emily: “It’s just you know how I feel about drugs.”
“My motivation was to get over my depression...”
“Ward’s Island Psychiatric Forensic Center.” (1:09)

Jonathan tells the prosecutor, “There was no drug.”
“You won’t find any Amytal in her system.”
“She’s not depressed.” (1:12)

Jonathan tells his partner Gene, “She wasn’t depressed.”
“Some Adderall.”
”I’m struggling to hold focus here, Gene. That’s what it’s for, to help people focus.” (1:14)

Victoria asks Jonathan, “Treatment? You gave an Amytal interview to a woman who’s been declared not guilty.“ (1:16)

Victoria tells Jonathan, “Shrinks... patients...”
Jonathan: “The only problem with having a crazy person for a partner is they tend to stay crazy.” (1:19)

Jonathan tells hospital staff, “She’s been very agitated lately.”
Staff person: “She’s been resisting her medication.”
Jonathan watches administration of electroconvulsive therapy to a patient with Emily: “That’s a mouth guard.”
A technician applies gel to an electrode.
“It’s actually been shown... effective in treating depression. None of the side effects you get with pills. I also wanted to give you... a personality inventory.”
“The shock treatment was her idea. It damages the memory.”
Technician: “Are you ready for your treatment Mrs. Taylor?”
Emily tells a clerk, “My shrink is... with me.” (1:21)

Staff inject agitated Emily.
Jonathan tells Victoria, “She could tell a long sordid story about her shrink.” (1:24)

Jonathan completes a personality inventory. MMPI? (1:26)

Emily tells Jonathan, “That’s depression, right?... She taught me how to be depressed. What drugs had which side effects. What symptoms went with what diagnosis... What do you doctors call faking? ‘Malingering?’... We needed everyone to see... how terribly depressed I was.”
“I read somewhere that there’s a difference between tears of joy and tears of rage.”
Jonathan: “You never did take the Paxil did you?”
“Or the Zoloft”
Emily: “Only the Ablixa.” (1:29)

Jonathan in court: “Over the course of her confinement, I’ve come to the conclusion with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that Emily Taylor is neither mentally ill nor dangerous.” (1:34)

Jonathan tells Emily, “This is for Thorazine... They were on Thorazine. This is for Depakote. It’ll settle your moods.”
“I think this needs a new diagnosis.”
Schizoaffective disorder.” (1:39)

Do you find it plausible that a treating psychiatrist might appear as an expert witness in a murder case or that the patient would find it so difficult to fire him? Has any private practice Manhattan psychiatrist ever managed a patient after admission to Ward's Island?