Essay on Main Character From The Film Benny And Joon

1418 Words Apr 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Main character from the film “Benny & Joon” directed by Jeremiah Clechkik displays numerous symptoms indicating a mental illness. The symptoms narrowed down to three main categories: schizophrenia, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The acknowledgement of a specified disordered is not given during the film. Throughout the paper, referencing details from the film, characters will be analyzed concerning their mental illness.
Keywords: Benny and Joon, Mental Illness, Psychology 140
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Benny and Joon Reaction
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