David and Lisa. Kind of a funny history with me and this movie. My high school did the play my...junior year, I think. I tried out for Lisa, but didn't get it. The only other female role with more than maybe 1 or 2 speaking lines was the mother, and I didn't want that. The drama teacher-slash-director told us to make it clear what roles we would and would not accept, with no recriminations, so I said I was only interested in playing Lisa. I didn't even go to any of the shows, I was that upset about missing the role. Ironic, me missing out on playing a girl suffering from severe schizophrenia. Of the 8 shows when I was in high school (we always did a non-musical in the fall, and a musical in the spring, since singers were less likely to catch colds in the spring), this was the only one I wasn't involved with in some way. I was Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the stage manager in "Our Town" (yes, this role is written to be played by a male actor, but our drama teacher was a bit...oh, fine, there were just about five times as many girls as boys trying out for that show ), one of the brothers in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (same...and I was fine with a small role in this show, my singing voice is terrible. I think of the 11 brothers, only 4 were boys), and Molly in "Mousetrap." I also did stage crew for "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Footloose," and was stage manager for "Cinderella." Good times, all in all.
I rented this movie from Netflix because the plot bears a cursory resemblance to a script I'm working on. And to be sure, I picked up some ideas watching it. But it's a much better movie than I ever expected. It stars a young Keir Dullea (best known as David Bowman from the movies 2001 and 2010), and I didn't know ahead of time how young - it was only his second film credit of his career. And he gives a terrific performance as David. The girl playing Lisa was also quite impressive. This was her first film credit of her career, and I was a bit sad to read that she had a short career, dying of cancer at age 50 about 20 years ago.
The one thing I could say against the movie is the music. Maybe it's a sixties thing, I don't know, but that loud, obtrusive soundtrack...I'd say it actively downgraded the movie. Not sure I've ever seen a movie where the music didn't just not enhance it, it actually made it worse. Well, this one did.
And there's the usual magic-bullet-that-cures-mental-illness bullcrap trope, but that's in every movie ever that dealt with mental illness in anyway. So I don't hold that one against this movie.
All in all, I recommend it.